Jacob Wrestling With The Angel, Rembrandt (1659)
A little East of Jordan, Evangelists record, A Gymnast and an Angel Did wrestle long and hard Till morning touching mountain And Jacob, waxing strong, The Angel begged permission To Breakfast – to return! Not so, said cunning Jacob! “I will not let thee go Except thou bless me” – Stranger! The which acceded to Light swung the silver fleeces “Peniel” Hills beyond, And the bewildered Gymnast Found he had worsted God!
East of Jordan,
a gymnast and an angel wrestle
till morning, Jacob waxing strong.
The angel begged
permission to return;
Light swung the silver fleeces;
The bewildered gymnast found
he had worsted God