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200 JEPHTHAH, JUDGE OF ISRAEL.
" For thou art she," quoth he,
" Hath brought me low—alas, for woe ! so
And troubled me so,
That I cannot tell what to doe, to doe.
" For I have made a vow," quoth he,
Which must not be diminished; A sacrifice to God on high; 35
My promise must be finished." " As ye have spoke, provoke No further care, but to prepare Your will to fulfill, According to God's will, God's will. «
" For sithence God has given you might
To overcome your enemies, Let one be offer'd up, as right,
For to perform all promises. And this let be," quoth she, 45
" As thou hast said ; be not afraid; Although it be I, Keep promise with God on high, on high.
" But father, do so much for me
As let me go to wildernesse, 50
There to bewaile my virginity,
Three months to bemoan my heavinesse. And let there go some moe, Like maids with me." " Content," quoth he, And sent her away, 55
To mourn till her latter day, her dav.
And when that time was come and gone That she should sacrificed be,