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Joseph, Man of Joy and Tragic Woe: An Italian Sonnet about Joseph, and his forgiveness of his brothers
Posted by Douglas, Apr 19, 2008. 3000 views. ID = 1151

Joseph, Man of Joy and Tragic Woe

Posted by Douglas, Apr 19, 2008. 3000 views. ID = 1151
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An Italian Sonnet: The octave talks about Joseph as a child; the sestet considers Joseph's later life, and ends with a personal consideration.
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This post is Part 1 of a writing series titled Joseph's Story.

O, Joseph, boy with varicolored cloak,
Who, slumb'ring, saw your brother's bowing wheat,
And waking, spoke in manner indiscreet,
By which your brother's rage you did provoke.
How sad to find yourself in slav'ry's yoke;
Cast down again by cruel and sly deceit,
In prison then to face a last defeat,
For God had brought you low by varied stroke.
O, Joseph, man of joy and tragic woe,
Who held command o'er all the king's domain,
How could you love, and take your brother's part -
Embrace the ones whose hate had brought you low?
Almost, I wish I'd known such grief and pain,
If thus they could have turned unloving heart.

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This post has been awarded 33 stars by 8 readers.
This post is Part 1 of a writing series titled Joseph's Story. The next part of this series can be found here: Leah: A Dysfunctional Family.
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Mathax
Apr 19, 2008
Pretty good for someone who does not like to Italian Poetry.
   ~Posted by Mathax, Apr 19, 2008



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