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DIVES AND LAZARUS
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' Thou art none of my brother, Lazarus That lies begging at my gate ;
No meat nor drink will I give thee, For Jesus Christ his sake.'
VIII
Then Dives sent out his merry men, To whip poor Lazarus away;
They had no power to strike a stroke, But flung their whips away.
IX
Then Dives sent out his hungry dogs,
To bite him as he lay ; They had no power to bite at all,
But licked his sores away.
x As it fell out upon a day,
Poor Lazarus sicken'd and died ; Then came two angels out of heaven
His soul therein to guide.
XI
' Rise up, rise up, brother Lazarus,
And go along with me; For you've a place prepared in heaven,
To sit on an angel's knee.'
XII
As it fell out upon a day,
Rich Dives sicken'd and died ;
Then came two serpents out of hell, His soul therein to guide. 456
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