Ruth, Rejoicing


Your fairness is undoubted

Your workers bless your grace

And I am here, a widow

Bereft of child and place.

And gleaning in your barley

So mercifully allowed

And finding much to gather

From one so well endowed.

Naomi says you’re special

With ties to all our men

And Jewish law invests in you

The means for me to smile again.

Enjoying lands once family-owned

A baby at my breast.

As Kinsman you redeem it all

And Ruth is doubly blessed.

I come now in the even-time

When you are deep in sleep

And settle quiet at your bed

And lay down at your feet.

Oh see me gentle Boaz

And do the works of law

And beckon elders at the gate

To heed that custom levirate.

Such wonder that this Gentile maid

Should leap from sad despair

And trust a farmer’s word and bond

And thrive within his care.

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