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by M. MARTIN
In eastern climes of sunny sky, When parched and arid is the land, The wearied traveller longs to spy Some well of water near at hand :
O, fain he would recline him there,
And, for a time bereft of care.
JACOBUS WELL. 151
Bethink liim not of coming toil Beneath its grateful shade the while. But deem himself supremely blest For such an oasis of rest.
And such a well a traveller found
When, sad and weary and alone, He journej^ed o'er Samaria's ground,
And resting-place had found him none, Till Jacob's well appeared in view ; And near it thankfully he drew. And sat him thus in meekness there. Nor, till permitted, drank from where Was all His own, by but a word; For He was even Christ the Lord.
Not long He waited, when there came
A woman of Samaria near : He asked to drink. The Stranger's name
Had never met her curious ear. Although full well the woman knew Who asked to drink was but a Jew; And wrath was in her heart, that he Should ask of her, so seeming free —
Of her who was Samaria's daughter. From Jacob's well a draught of water.
With us thou hast no dealings, Jew, For I am of Samaria's land. Why ask me drink to give to you ?
I may not serve at thy command.'' He answered not in angry mood Unto her language harsh and rude, But said, '¦^ woman, didst thou know The gift of Grod to thee below. Then hadst thou asked that gift divine, And living waters had been thine."
Said she, ^^ This was our father's well. Our father Jacob's : art thou more
Than he and his ? dost thou excel The Patriarch and his sons of yore.
Who drank, and yet did thirst again ?
And now the well is deep ; and then,
Thou'st naught to draw the water up,
No, not' the smallest driuking-cup ;
Whence then thy living water's rill ?
Our fathers drank and thirsted still."
Then Jesus said, ^^Who drinketh here Shall thirst again ) but that I'll give
Shall quench his raging thirst for e'er: Who drinks thereof shall ever live !
The water which Til give shall be
A well of immortality,
Which, springing up in him, shall prove
A fountain of o'erflowing love,
And to the thirsty soul be rife
With everlasting joy and life."
The woman said, '^ 0, give me then This water, that I thirst no more,
And that I may not come again To draw, as I was wont before."
Lord I we are thirsty, weary too ;
Our souls desire thy gift to sue :
Thou^lt not refuse; 0, bid us then
To drink, and never thirst again.
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