"But now they mock me,1 men younger than I, whose fathers I would have disdained to put with my sheep dogs.2
Of what use was the strength of their hands to me, since their vigor had gone from them?
Haggard from want and hunger, they roamed the parched land3 in desolate wastelands4 at night.5
In the brush they gathered salt herbs,6 and their food was the root of the broom tree.7
They were banished from their fellow men, shouted at as if they were thieves.
They were forced to live in the dry stream beds, among the rocks and in holes in the ground.8
They brayed9 among the bushes10 and huddled in the undergrowth.
A base and nameless brood,11 they were driven out of the land.12