CHRISTUS.TWO men went up into the temple to pray.
|The one was a self-righteous Pharisee,|
|The other a Publican. And the Pharisee|
|Stood and prayed thus within himself! O God,|
|I thank thee I am not as other men,|| 5|
|Extortioners, unjust, adulterers,|
|Or even as this Publican. I fast|
|Twice in the week, and also I give tithes|
|Of all that I possess! The Publican,|
|Standing afar off, would not lift so much|| 10|
|Even as his eyes to heaven, but smote his breast,|
|Saying: God be merciful to me a sinner!|
|I tell you that this man went to his house|
|More justified than the other. Every one|
|That doth exalt himself shall be abased,|| 15|
|And he that humbleth himself shall be exalted!|
CHILDREN, among themselves.Let us go nearer! He is telling stories!
|Let us go listen to them.|
AN OLD JEW. Children, children!
|What are ye doing here? Why do ye crowd us?|
|It was such little vagabonds as you,|| 20|
|That followed Elisha, mocking him and crying:|
|Go up, thou bald-head! But the bearsthe bears|
|Came out of the wood, and tare them!|
A MOTHER. Speak not thus!
|We brought them here, that He might lay his hands|
|On them, and bless them.|
CHRISTUS. Suffer little children
|To come unto me, and forbid them not;|
|Of such is the kingdom of heaven; and their angels|
|Look always on my Fathers face.|
Takes them in his arms and blesses them. Good Master!
A YOUNG RULER, running.
|What good thing shall I do, that I may have|
CHRISTUS. Why callest thou me good?
|There is none good but one, and that is God.|
|If thou wilt enter into life eternal,|
|Keep the commandments.|
YOUNG RULER. Which of them?
CHRISTUS. Thou shalt not
|Commit adultery; thou shalt not kill;|
|Thou shalt not steal; thou shalt not bear false witness;|| 35|
|Honor thy father and thy mother; and love|
|Thy neighbor as thyself.|
YOUNG RULER. From my youth up
|All these things have I kept. What lack I yet?|
JOHN.With what divine compassion in his eyes
|The Master looks upon this eager youth,|| 40|
|As if He loved him!|
CHRISTUS. Wouldst thou perfect be,
|Sell all thou hast, and give it to the poor,|
|And come, take up thy cross, and follow me,|
|And thou shalt have thy treasure in the heavens.|
JOHN.Behold, how sorrowful he turns away!
CHRISTUS.Children! how hard it is for them that trust
|In riches to enter into the kingdom of God!|
|T is easier for a camel to go through|
|A needles eye, than for the rich to enter|
|The kingdom of God!|
JOHN. Ah, who then can be saved?
CHRISTUS.With men this is indeed impossible,
|But unto God all things are possible!|
PETER.Behold, we have left all, and followed thee.
|What shall we have therefor?|
CHRISTUS. Eternal life.