Rabbi, begone

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He had wrought for them a sign
of love, and hope,
and tenderness divine—
They wanted swine.
Christ stands without your door
and gently knocks;
But if your gold, or swine,
the entrance blocks,
He forces no man’s hold—
he will depart,
And leave you to the treasures
of your heart.

–John Oxenham
(1852 – 1941)

Image: James Tissot

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Ransomed

For all the world is nought,
And less than nought
Compared with this, —
That my dear Lord, with His own life
My ransom bought,
And I am His.

-John Oxenham


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