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W. Garrett Horder, comp. The Poets’ Bible: New Testament. 1895.

The Call of Matthew

Henry Alford (1810–1871)

“ARISE, and follow Me!”

Who answers to the call?

Not Ruler, Scribe, or Pharisee,

Proud and regardless all.

“Arise and follow Me!”

The Publican hath heard;

And by the deep Gennesaret sea

Obeys the Master’s word.

Thenceforth in joy and fear,

Where’er the Saviour trod,

Among the Twelve his place was near

The Holy One of God.

His is no honour mean,

For Christ to write and die;

Apostle, Saint, Evangelist,

His record is on high.