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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
500. The Master’s Invitation
By Anson Davies Fitz Randolph
DEAR Lord, thy table is outspread;
  What other could such feast afford?
And thou art waiting at the head,
  But I am all unworthy, Lord;
    Yet do I hear thee say,—        5
      (Was ever love so free?)
    Come hither, son, to-day
      And sit and sup with me.
O master! I am full of doubt,
  My heart with sin and fear defiled;        10
Come thou, and cast the tempter out,
  And make me as a little child;
    Methinks I hear thee say,—
      Come thou, at once, and see
    What love can take away,        15
      And what confer on thee.
My Lord! to thee I fain would go,
  Yet tarry now I know not why;
Speak, if to tell what well I know,
  That none are half so vile as I.        20
    What do I hear thee say?—
      Look, trembling one, and see
    These tokens, which to-day
      Tell what I did for thee.
Nay, Lord! I could not here forget        25
  What thou didst for my ransom give;
The garden prayer, the bloody sweat,
  All this and more, that I might live.
    I hear thee sadly say,—
      If this remembered be,        30
    Why linger thus to-day?
      Why doubt and question me?
Oh, love to angels all unknown!
  I turn from sin and self aside;
Thou hast the idol self o’erthrown,        35
  I only see the Crucified;
    I only hear thee say,—
      A feast is spread for thee
    On this and every day,
      If thou but follow me!        40


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