Verse > Anthologies > W. Garrett Horder, ed. > The Poets’ Bible: New Testament
W. Garrett Horder, comp.  The Poets’ Bible: New Testament.  1895.
George MacDonald (1824–1905)
TO whom the burden heavy clings,
It yet may serve him like a staff;
One day the cross will break in wings,
The sinner laugh a holy laugh.
The dwarfed Zacchæus climbed a tree        5
His humble stature set him high;
The Lord the little man did see,
Who sought the great man passing by.
Up to the tree he came, and stopped:
“To-day,” he said, “with thee I bide;”        10
A spirit-shaken fruit he dropped,
Ripe for the Master, at his side.
Sure never host with gladder look
A welcome guest home with him bore!
Then rose the Satan of rebuke,        15
And loudly spake outside the door:
“This is no place for holy feet;
Sinners should house and eat alone!
This man sits in the stranger’s seat,
And grinds the faces of his own.”        20
Outspoke the man, in truth’s own might:
“Lord, half my goods I give the poor;
If one I’ve taken more than right,
With four I make atonement sure.”
“Salvation here is entered in,        25
For this is also Abraham’s son,”
Said he who came the lost to win—
And saved the lost that he had won.

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