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IN the rubbish heaps of the ancient city of
Ozyrhynchus, near the river Nile, a party of English Explorers, in the winter of 1897, discovered a fragment of a papyrus book, written in the Second or Third Century, and hitherto unknown. This single leaf contained parts of seven short sentences of Christ, each introduced by the cwords, "jesus says:" It is to the fifth of these Sayings of jesus that the following poem refers.
HEAR a word that Jesus spake Eighteen centuries ago, Where the crimson lilies blow Round the blue Tiberian lake : There the bread of life he brake, Through the fields of harvest walking With His lowly comrades, talking Of the secret thoughts that feed Weary hearts in time of need. Art thou hungry ? Come and take ; Hear the word that Jesus spake : ’T is the sacrament of labour ; meat and drink divinely blest; Friendship’s food, and sweet refreshment; strength and courage, joy and rest.