[Mendele] Mendele Personal Notices & Announcements--Original of "A voice calls out:'You must'"

Victor Bers victor.bers at yale.edu
Mon May 31 15:05:50 EDT 2010

Mendele Personal Notices & Announcements

June 31, 2010

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Date: Mon, 17 May 2010 13:34:34 -0400
Subject: Poem: "A Voice calls out: 'You must!'"
From: Yehuda Berger <berger788 at gmail.com>

I would very much appreciate seeing a copy of  the original Yiddish of the 
poem translated by Cynthia Ozick which  reads:

A Voice calls out: "You must!"
Must what? O voice, explain!
Instead of an answer
I hear that voice again.

I peer behind the door,
I dash at every wall;
I search, though no one strange
Has sent that call.

I've known them all my life,
The caller and his call,
Yet it seems to me I hear
What I never heard at all.

It cries:"You must! You must!"
And only God can tell
Whether *must* is my redemption,
Or *must* will be my hell.
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