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m o re . Finally th e b eg g a r cu rsed o u t the m an in th e b a th h o u se
who gave h im such bad advice. I t was th e n th a t Rav H enz il
revea led his iden tity a n d said: “I d id it to teach you n o t to
be a g lu t to n .” T h e tale end s with th e m o ra l: “T h o se a t th e tab le
lau g h ed an d th e g u e s t’s face was cove red w ith sham e . H e
ch an g ed his ways an d h e n c e fo r th
had fa ith in God.
H e was sa t­
isfied with little an d was always h a p p y .”
In o u r analysis we have obviously no t ex h au s ted all th e
hasidic, fo lkloristic an d re lig ious m o tifs in th e ballads o f
Sh im shon Meltzer. We have, how ever, p o in ted to th e specificity
o f this g en re o f H eb rew poe try , which is n o u r ish e d by a hasidic-
folkloristic soil an d which has been cu ltiva ted w ith g re a t love
an d u n d e r s ta n d in g by the poet.