For what they would do He knew before,
And having speeded them eagerly on their way,
They would repent themselves and pursue them.
And making lamentation at the graves of the dead,
They adopted another counsel of folly,
And pursued as fugitives those whom with intreaties they had cast out.
And made them forget what things had befallen them,
That they might fill up the punishment yet lacking to their torments,
But they themselves might find a strange death.
Performing their several commands,
That thy servants might be guarded free from hurt.
And dry land rising up out of what before was water,
Out of the Red sea an unhindered highway,
And a grassy plain out of the violent surge;
These that were covered with thy hand,
Having beheld strange marvels.
And they skipped about like lambs,
Praising thee, O Lord, who delivered them.
How instead of bearing cattle the land brought forth lice,
And instead of fish the river cast up a multitude of frogs.
When, led on by desire, they asked for luxurious dainties;
And against the Egyptians.
Not without tokens given beforehand by the force of thunders;
For justly did they suffer through their own exceeding wickednesses,
For grievous indeed was the hatred which they practised toward guests.
These made slaves of guests who were their benefactors.
Since they received as enemies them that were aliens;
And then afflicted with dreadful toils,
Them that had already shared with them in the same rights.
When, being compassed about with yawning darkness,
They sought every one the passage through his own door.
Just as the notes of a psaltery vary the character of the rhythm,
Continuing always the same, each in its several sound;
As may clearly be divined from the sight of what came to pass.
And creatures that swim trode now upon the earth:
And water forgat its quenching nature:
Neither melted they the ice-like grains of ambrosial food, that were of nature apt to melt.
And thou didst glorify them and not lightly esteem them;
Standing by their side in every time and place.
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