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By Benjamin Harshav, Barbara Harshav

Offers info at the Yiddish language and literature, describes poetic types, and gathers poems in Yiddish and English by way of seven of the easiest Jewish American poets.

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It had been just two years since she’d seen Thomas, and five years since her accident during the final pig race down the Royal Mile. Grasping the bedpost while Catherine laced up her stays, Jane smiled to herself over the news imparted to her by Hector just the previous day that the few servants left at Master Simon’s flat had been instructed by post to remove the dust covers from the furniture and air out the upper rooms in preparation for the owner’s arrival any day. Perhaps, thought Jane excitedly, I can pry some word of Thomas from the old goat—or at least from the kitchenmaid, who was rumored to be more familiar with Master Simon than her below-stairs duties would require.

The lad’s newly attained six-foot stature forced him to duck in order to pass through the low door that led into the stone hut. There was a startled rustle of wings as a grouse scurried to the window ledge of the gloomy chamber and escaped outside. There was nothing to see, really, for the miserable cottage had long been stripped of anything of value, if anything of value had ever been housed within its thick stone walls to begin with. “They both died on a bed that was pushed against that wall,” Simon said somberly, pointing toward a corner of the room graced only with a dirt floor.

I’ve loved you one way or t’other since we were bairns. ’Tis different now, though… the feelings that come over me when I see your dear face, or you take me in your arms—” She fell silent, continuing to stare at him as if she expected him suddenly to vanish. ” she whispered fiercely. “You might even one day be called Lady Jane if I get back what’s rightly mine,” Thomas said half-mockingly. “Don’t waste your dreams on that,” Jane said flatly. ” she asked gloomily. ” “He’s not, to be sure,” Thomas replied, “but we musn’t arouse his or your mother’s suspicions that we plan to marry until I take my training and am given my lieutenancy.

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