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CXXXVI. THE SON.
Let foreign nations of their language boast,
For what Christ once in humbleness began,
CXXXVII. A TRUE HYMN.
My joy, my life, my crown!
Somewhat it fain would say :
Yet slight not these few words ;
Among the best in art.
He who craves all the mind,
If the words only rhyme,
Whereas if the heart be moved,
God doth supply the want.
CXXXVIII. THE ANSWER.
My comforts drop and melt away like snow :
Show me, and set me, I have one reply,
CXXXIX. A DIALOGUE-ANTHEM.
Chr. ALAS, poor death! where is thy glory?
Where is thy famous force, thy ancient sting?
Dea. Alas, poor mortal, void of story,
Go spell and read how I have kill'd thy king.
Chr. Poor death! and who was hurt thereby ? Thy curse being laid on him makes thee ac
[curst. Dea. Let losers talk, yet thou shalt die; These arms shall crush thee. Chr. Spare not,
do thy worst. I shall be one day better than before : Thou so much worse, that thou shalt be no
CXL. THE WATER-COURSE.
Thou who dost dwell and linger here below,
But rather turn the pipe, and water's course
Salvation. Who gives to man, as he sees fit,
Thou who condemnest Jewish hate, For choosing Barabbas a murderer
Before the Lord of glory; Look back upon thine own estate, Call home thine eye (that busy wanderer)
That choice may be thy story.
He that doth love, and love amiss This world's delights before true Christian joy,
Hath made a Jewish choice : The world an ancient murderer is ; Thousands of souls it hath and doth destroy
With her enchanting voice.
He that hath made a sorry wedding Between his soul and gold, and hath preferr’d
False gain before the true, Hath done what he condemns in reading : For he hath sold for money his dear Lord,
And is a Judas-Jew.
Thus we prevent the last great day, And judge ourselves. That light which sin and passion
Did before dim and choke, When once those snuffs are ta'en away, Shines bright and clear, e'en unto condemnation,
Without excuse or cloak.
Au, my dear angry Lord,
I will complain, yet praise ;
CXLIII. THE GLANCE.
When first thy sweet and gracious eye Vouchsafed e'en in the midst of youth and night To look upon me, who before did lie
Weltering in sin ;
· And take it in.