From Jewish Stories and Hebrew Melodies, "Disputation," Rabbi Judah of Navarre continues:
"There's the fish, Leviathan,
Dwelling deep beneath the sea;
For an hour each day the Lord
Frolics with him sportively–
"Every day except the ninth
Day of Ab, the day of woe,
When his temple lay in ashes;
On that day he feels too low.
"This Leviathan's a hundred
Miles in length of giant whale,
Fins as big as Og of Bashan,
Huge as cedars is his tail.
But his flesh is tasty, more so
Than a turtle's fresh from shore;
On the day of resurrection
God will spread a table for
"All the pious, wise, and upright
Chosen souls from everywhere–
And the Lord God's favorite fish will
Furnish out the bill of fare,
"Partly with white garlic gravy,
Partly in a well-browned roux
Made with spicy wine and raisins-
Something like a seafood stew.
"Sizzling in the garlic gravy,
Bits of radish fizz and hiss–
I would wager, Friar, you would
Relish fish prepared like this!
"God's cuisine is haute cuisine;
Take my counsel with élan:
Give them that old scrap of foreskin
And enjoy Leviathan."
Thus the rabbi– tempting, baiting,
Inly grinning at his ploy;
And the Jews were all ready
Waving knives with grunts of joy,
But the monks clung to their natal
Faith and foreskins, in this matter;
They would not be separated
From the former or the latter.
When the Jew was through, the friar
Once more started. He exploded
Into insults: every statement
Was a chamberpot– and loaded.
Then the rabbi answered calmly,
Damping down his zealot's fire;
Though his heart was boiling over,
Yet he checked his rising ire.
He called on the Mishna's teachings,
Commentaries, notes, and tracts,
Citing from the Toufes Yontov
Many cogent quotes and facts.
But upon his ruffled hearing,
Ah, what blasphemies now fall!
Cries the monk: "The Tousfes Yontov
Doesn't mean a thing at all."
"That's the living end, oh God!"
Screams the rabbi, piqued and pale;
Suddenly his patience leaves him
And his mind goes off the rail.
"If you scrap the Tausfes Yontov,
What is left? Oh my, oh me!
Scourge, O Lord, this evildoer,
Punish this iniquity!"