Christ stood and cried

Christ stood and cried

The Feast of Tabernacles.

(The Gospel History, Section 77)

Now on the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.

Christ stood and cried

(The Saviour of the World, Vol V Book III Poem XXVI)

That last great day, when Israel took down booths,
When many sacrifices brought to the priests
By them were offered; when the joy of the Lord
Filled as new wine the hearts of all the folk—
Jesus stood and cried:—
The eastern teacher sits,—but Jesus stood;
Spontaneous came His words, impassioned, not
To be repressed His urgency of appeal:
Nor sate He, but with arms entreating them,
Jesus stood there and cried:
What moved the Lord? What inconceivable
Urgency of occasion stirred Him so?
Ah, quick the numbered days are stealing by;
They will not come to Him that they be saved!
And the Lord stood and cried:
Had He not told them of that Bread He is?
Had He not opened to their sealéd eyes
The mystery of that “Lamb” they brought to God?
But nought perceived they; hardened they their hearts;—
So the Lord stood and cried:
“Ho, every one that thirsteth,” cried the Seer;
And that “last day” was water freely poured
By Israel, quick at symbols—now stone blind
To all of meaning by these signs conveyed:
Wherefore,—He stood and cried!

St. John vii. 37.
Isaiah lv. 1

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