A JEW.WHO is this beggar blinking in the sun?
|Is it not he who used to sit and beg|
|By the Gate Beautiful?|
ANOTHER. It is the same.
A THIRD.It is not he, but like him, for that beggar
|Was blind from birth. It cannot be the same.|| 5|
THE BEGGAR.Yea, I am he.
A JEW. How have thine eyes been opened?
THE BEGGAR.A man that is called Jesus made a clay
|And put it on mine eyes, and said to me:|
|Go to Siloams Pool and wash thyself.|
|I went and washed, and I received my sight.|| 10|
A JEW.Where is He?
THE BEGGAR. I know not.
PHARISEES. What is this crowd
|Gathered about a beggar? What has happened?|
A JEW.Here is a man who hath been blind from birth,
|And now he sees. He says a man called Jesus|
|Hath healed him.|
PHARISEES. As God liveth, the Nazarene!
|How was this done?|
THE BEGGAR. Rabboni, he put clay
|Upon mine eyes; I washed, and now I see.|
PHARISEES.When did he this?
THE BEGGAR. Rabboni, yesterday.
PHARISEES.The Sabbath day. This man is not of God
|Because he keepeth not the Sabbath day!|| 20|
A JEW.How can a man that is a sinner do
PHARISEES. What dost thou say of him
|That hath restored thy sight?|
THE BEGGAR. He is a Prophet.
A JEW.This is a wonderful story, but not true.
|A beggars fiction. He was not born blind,|| 25|
|And never has been blind!|
OTHERS. Here are his parents.
PHARISEES. Is this your son?
THE PARENTS. Rabboni, yea;
|We know this is our son.|
PHARISEES. Was he born blind?
THE PARENTS.He was born blind.
PHARISEES. Then how doth he now see?
THE PARENTS, aside.What answer shall we make? If we confess
|It was the Christ, we shall be driven forth|
|Out of the Synagogue! We know, Rabboni,|
|This is our son, and that he was born blind;|
|But by what means he seeth, we know not,|
|Or who his eyes hath opened, we know not.|| 35|
|He is of age; ask him; we cannot say;|
|He shall speak for himself.|
PHARISEES. Give God the praise!
|We know the man that healed thee is a sinner!|
THE BEGGAR.Whether He be a sinner, I know not;
|One thing I know; that whereas I was blind,|| 40|
|I now do see.|
PHARISEES. How opened he thine eyes?
|What did he do?|
THE BEGGAR. I have already told you.
|Ye did not hear: why would ye hear again?|
|Will ye be his disciples?|
PHARISEES. God of Moses!
|Are we demoniacs, are we halt or blind,|| 45|
|Or palsy-stricken, or lepers, or the like,|
|That we should join the Synagogue of Satan,|
|And follow jugglers? Thou art his disciple,|
|But we are disciples of Moses; and we know|
|That God spake unto Moses; but this fellow,|| 50|
|We know not whence he is!|
THE BEGGAR. Why, herein is
|A marvellous thing! Ye know not whence He is,|
|Yet He hath opened mine eyes! We know that God|
|Heareth not sinners; but if any man|
|Doeth Gods will, and is his worshipper,|| 55|
|Him doth He hear. Oh, since the world began|
|It was not heard that any man hath opened|
|The eyes of one that was born blind. If He|
|Were not of God, surely He could do nothing!|
PHARISEES.Thou, who wast altogether born in sins
|And in iniquities, dost thou teach us?|
|Away with thee out of the holy places,|
|Thou reprobate, thou beggar, thou blasphemer!|
THE BEGGAR is cast out.