Divided by More Than a Door

One rich man lived well only feet from one poor

who longed for the scraps that were left.

The leper was hungry and covered with sores

Which dogs found delicious to lick.


In death they switched sides, one to bliss one to blame.

The rich man addressed an appeal.

He wanted a favor to cool down the flame

and the agony that he now could feel. 


Reminder was made of the good he’d received

while poverty lay at his door.

To balance things out a great chasm was fixed

and sides were assigned evermore. 


“Perhaps, “ said the rich man, “my brothers might learn

if someone should rise from the dead.

Send one whom they’ll recognize, whom they won’t spurn.”

But “NO!” was what Abraham said. 


Image:  Притча о богатом и Лазаре 17 век

Source:   Luke 16:19-31

Text:   David Alexander, 2022, CC BY-SA NC 4.0

Tune:   Beloved, Public Domain

Score:   https://www.smallchurchmusic.com/Score_PDF/OThouInWhosePresence-Beloved.pdf

Audio:  www.smallchurchmusic.com  Used by Permission

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