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How Long, O Lord
By Hall Caine
(English novelist and dramatist, 18531931)
LOOK down, O Lord, look down. Are the centuries a waste? Nigh upon two thousand years have gone since Thou didst walk the world, and the face of things is not unchanged. In Thy Name now doth the Pharisee give alms in the street to the sound of a trumpet going before him. In Thy Name now doth the Levite pass by on the other side when a man hath fallen among thieves. In Thy Name now doth the lawyer lay on the poor burdens grievous to be borne. In Thy Name now doth the priest buy and sell the glad tidings of the kingdom, giving for the gospel of God the commandments of men, living in rich mens houses, faring sumptuously every day, praying with his lips, Give us this day our daily bread, but saying to his soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years: take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry.
Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Is it this Thy gospel that yields that Thy fruit? Then will the master of the vineyard come shortly and say, Cut it down; why cumbereth it the ground?