Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, THE JEW, by HELEN BEAN BYERLY

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THE JEW, by                
First Line: A good samaritan passed on the way
Last Line: He'll open them to swastika or cross!
Subject(s): Jews; Judaism

A good Samaritan passed on the way
To Jericho. He heard a groaning sound
And paused; for there, half conscious on the ground,
A Jew with long and bleeding gashes lay
Unaided, though so many passed that day.
With care and tenderness the wounds he bound
And gently lifted this poor wretch he found.
He gave the tavern-host much gold in pay.
Once more the Jew lies helpless at our door;
His gashes bleed afresh; half-conscious, stirs
And moans and writhes, then faints inert once more.
What need to rouse to cringe his baiters's slurs?
He closed his eyes on pain and sense of loss;
He'll open them to swastika or cross!

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