THE WANDERING JEW.
"Toil! toil! toil!"
What curse is this sent from the hand of
That man must work till placed beneath the
And see no recompense in future years,
Save anxious thoughts and bitter, fruitless
What fight is this from morn till close of day,
To keep starvation's meagre face away.
Unjust proceeding, man's the slave of
And this, they say, is a divine command.
"A cobbler's son I saw when quite a boy,
The mean privations that the soul annoy;
And childhood's days, the happiest time
Was blighted by this same, disgraceful
Just so it was with manhood's happy prime,
And so 'twill be until I've done with time;
And toil, and toil, and toil, thus, this, I
Until this tired frame returns to dust."
The voice has ceased, the cobbler's hand is
The sight he sees has overpowered the will,
And hushed the vain complaints that mar
And fill his brain with discord, woe and
He sees afar a crowd of human Fiends,
No law nor order'mongst the group remains;
They all seem mad with mutiny and rage,
Like lions lately freed from cell or cage.
Within that crowd a tearful, bloods-stained
Where torture's marks had blotted beauty's
Looks up with loving, patient, sorrowing
And seems to find its comfort in the skies;
A crown of thorns is on the lofty brow,
And from his wounds the blood is trickling
He bears a heavy cross upon his back,
The prints of blood are borne alone
The King of heaven and earth with scourges
Endures with patience. woes His Father
And sick with pain, insulted by their jeers,
The cobbler's bench he sees, and quickly
"O friend,"he cries, and seeks the cobbler's
"One moment let me rest and linger there;
'Twill ease my fainting frame from half
Refuse me not, I will not long remain."
"Go on, go on." the cobbler cries with
"No friend have ever cheered
And I shall never help nor give relief
To you, a hypocrite and groveling thief.
This world for the has been a dreary place,
I have no wish my steps here to retrace;
"Go on, go on, I'
known to rest below,
none, so hasten now and go."
"And thou, too, friend," the Saviour sadly
80With mournful face and melancholy eyes,
"Shall now 'go on' until the end of time,
And rest at Gabriel's Solemn trumpet's
He moves away and bears his cross again,
And stifles now his moans and sighs of pain;
On Calvary's hill with eyes turned to the
The God of love for mankind slowly dies.
"'Go on, go on," I hear those words again,
The Saviour spoke them,--Ah! with in-
A century has passed and more since then,
And still I walk along the streets of men,
Through Europe, Asia, Africa, I roam,
But dare not linger long at any home;
I watch the years go by,--the old, and
But I ne'er change, I'm still the Wandering
"Oh God, I beg you, take the sentence back,
Remorse, like adders, soul and brain doth
81Forgive a culprit's bitter words to thee,
And set this lonely, wandering spirit free.
Have not these years of woe and dark despair,
With none beside my agony to share,
Atoned for that black sin of long ago?
Cut short, I beg you, now this time of woe.
" 'Go on, go on'until the end of time,
And rest at Gabriel's solemn trumpet's
That awful voice, those words it seems to
O King! 'tis true, no rest till judgment
O God! turn back thy universe I pray,
And I'll erase my blackest crime away;
Alas! those bitter words I spoke to you,
Have sealed my fate, I'm still the Wandering