Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Saint Matthew

“Arise and follow me!”
Who answers to the call?
Not Ruler, Scribe, or Pharisee,
Proud and regardless all.

“Arise and follow me!”
The tax collector heard;
All Caesar's duties left behind,
Obeyed the Savior's word.

Thenceforth in joy or woe,
Wherever Jesus trod,
Among the Twelve his place was near
The Holy One of God.

“Arise and follow me!”
So Matthew heard that voice;
Apostle, Saint, Evangelist,
For whom we now rejoice.

Henry Alford, 1845; alt.
James Watson, 1867

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