Illustration Showing MOSES IN THE BULRUSHES, from The Bible (Old Testament) - drawing by Gustave Dore - 019th.jpg (26K)

And there went a man of the house of Levi, and took to wife adaughter of Levi. And the woman conceived, and bare a son: andwhen she saw him that he was a goodly child, she hid him threemonths. And when she could not longer hide him, she took for himan ark of bulrushes, and daubed it with slime and with pitch, andput the child therein; and she laid it in the flags by theriver's brink. And his sister stood afar off, to wit what wouldbe done to him.

And the daughter of Pharaoh came down to wash herself at theriver; and her maidens walked along by the river's side; and whenshe saw the ark among the flags, she sent her maid to fetch it.And when she had opened it, she saw the child: and, behold, thebabe wept. And she had compassion on him, and said, This is oneof the Hebrews' children. Then said his sister to Pharaoh'sdaughter, Shall I go and call to thee a nurse of the Hebrewwomen, that she may nurse the child for thee? And Pharaoh'sdaughter said to her, Go. And the maid went and called thechild's mother. And Pharaoh's daughter said unto her, Take thischild away, and nurse it for me, and I will give thee thy wages.And the woman took the child and nursed it.

And the child grew, and she brought him unto Pharaoh'sdaughter, and he became her son. And she called his name Moses:and she said, Because I drew him out of the water.—Exodus ii,1-10.

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