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   The Book of Job.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
XXXIX
 
 
[1]  KNOWEST thou the time when the wild goats of the rock bring forth?
Or canst thou mark when the hinds do calve?
[2]  Canst thou number the months that they fulfil?
Or knowest thou the time when they bring forth?
[3]  They bow themselves, they bring forth their young,
They cast out their pains.
[4]  Their young ones become strong, they grow up in the open field;
They go forth, and return 1 not again.
 
[5]  Who hath sent out the wild ass free?
Or who hath loosed the bonds of the swift ass,
[6]  Whose home I have made the wilderness,
And the salt land his dwelling place?
[7]  He scorneth the tumult of the city,
Neither heareth he the shoutings of the driver. 2
[8]  The range of the mountains is his pasture,
And he searcheth after every green thing.
[9]  Will the wild-ox be content to serve thee?
Or will he abide by thy crib?
[10]  Canst thou bind the wild-ox with his band in the furrow?
Or will he harrow the valleys after thee?
[11]  Wilt thou trust him, because his strength is great?
Or wilt thou leave to him thy labor?
[12]  Wilt thou confide in him, that he will bring home thy seed,
And gather the grain of thy threshing-floor?
 
[13]  The wings of the ostrich wave proudly;
But are they the pinions and plumage of love? 3
[14]  For she leaveth her eggs on the earth,
And warmeth them in the dust,
[15]  And forgetteth that the foot may crush them,
Or that the wild beast may trample them.
[16]  She dealeth 4 hardly with her young ones, as if they were not hers:
Though her labor be in vain, she is without fear;
[17]  Because God hath deprived 5 her of wisdom,
Neither hath he imparted to her understanding.
[18]  What time she lifteth 6 up herself on high,
She scorneth the horse and his rider.
 
[19]  Hast thou given the horse his might?
Hast thou clothed his neck with the quivering 7 mane?
[20]  Hast thou made him to leap as a locust?
The glory of his snorting is terrible.
[21]  He 8 paweth in the valley, and rejoiceth in his strength:
He goeth out to meet the 9 armed men.
[22]  He mocketh at fear, and is not dismayed;
Neither turneth he back from the sword.
[23]  The quiver rattleth against 10 him,
The flashing spear and the javelin.
[24]  He swalloweth the ground with fierceness and rage;
Neither believeth 11 he that it is the voice of the trumpet.
[25]  As oft as the trumpet soundeth he saith, Aha!
And he smelleth the battle afar off,
The thunder of the captains, and the shouting.
 
[26]  Is it by thy wisdom that the hawk soareth,
And stretcheth her wings toward the south?
[27]  Is it at thy command that the eagle mounteth up,
And maketh her nest on high?
[28]  On the cliff she dwelleth, and maketh her home,
Upon the point of the cliff, and the stronghold.
[29]  From thence she spieth out the prey;
Her eyes behold it afar off.
[30]  Her young ones also suck up blood:
And where the slain are, there is she.
 
Note 1. Or, return not unto them. [back]
Note 2. Or, taskmaster. [back]
Note 3. Or, a stork. [back]
Note 4. Or, is hardened against. [back]
Note 5. Heb. made her to forget wisdom. [back]
Note 6. Or, rouseth herself up to flight. [back]
Note 7. Heb. shaking. [back]
Note 8. Heb. They paw. [back]
Note 9. Or, the weapons. [back]
Note 10. Or, upon. [back]
Note 11. Or, standeth he still at &c. [back]
 

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