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Page 33 - L., her hair streaming over her shoulders. LEAH, (solus). What seek I here! I know not; yet I feel I have a mission to fulfil. I feel that the cords of my soul are stretched to their utmost effort. Already seven days! So long ! As the dead lights were placed about the body of Abraham, as the friends sat nightly at his feet and watched (slowly sinking down), so have I sat for seven days, and wept over the corpse of my love ! (with painful intensity}.
Page 33 - You'll come," said he. I came. I left my people. I tore the cords that bound me to my nation, and came to him. He cast me forth into the night. And yet, my heart, you throb still. The earth still stands, the sun still shines, as if it had not gone down forever for me.
Page 25 - That voice! I know that voice! There was at Presburg, a man whose name was Nathan. He was a singer in the synagogue. It is his voice I hear.
Page 29 - I learned that you, too, like all your race, hold honour, love and faith less than the pettiest coin, and have sold me, Judas-like, for a few pieces, when, had your greedy soul been patient, I would, myself, have given you hundreds, I tore away the silken sinews of your love, struck down your image here, and forgot you as if your treachery and my love had been a dream.
Page 25 - I'll do you injury! ABRAHAM: With my fingers I read thy dead father's face, for with my fingers I closed his eyes, and nailed down his coffin! Thou art a Jew! NATHAN [flying at him]: Another word! [Seizes him by the throat.] . . . SARAH: Oh, spare the old man. He's mad, sir, I know. NATHAN [bewildered, knocking on door]: Coming? Ha! What's this? [Loosens his grasp from which Abraham sinks supinely; at the same moment a thunder-bolt...
Page 33 - SCENE FROM LEAH THE FORSAKEN. CHARACTERs. LEAH — A Jewish Maiden. RUDOLF — The Magistrate's Son. SCENE. — The Churchyard behind the Village Church. Enter LEAH, slowly, from L., her hair streaming over her shoulders. LEAH, (solus). What seek I here! I know not; yet I feel I have a mission to fulfil. I feel that the cords of my soul are stretched to their utmost effort. Already seven days! So long ! As the dead lights were placed about the body of Abraham, as the friends sat nightly at his feet...
Page 14 - ... me out of this circle in which the bonds of prejudice tied me, and out of this dark region have shown me light...
Page 26 - I am to purchase security by such horrid deeds, how terrible is the course thou hast laid upon the criminal ! How was I a criminal? Was it because I chose riches, instead of misery ; honour, instead of disdain ; life, instead of death?
Page 26 - Have 1 been discovered? Am I suspected ? How looked those peering faces that gazed upon the aged corpse ! No — no ! They were only blank with amazement. The thunderbolt that angry heaven may have designed for my guilty head only served to conceal my crime I Ah, that clammy throat seems yet between these trembling fingers.
Page 13 - DOW affords shelter to thee and thine; since that night a strange bond draws me to tliee — thou givest me no rest nor peace— in my sleep thy image is ever present — thy dark eyes are ever gazing in my soul — thy gleaming hair ever twining round my hands draws me to thy heart.