From Jewish Stories and Hebrew Melodies, p. 136-138
a poetic account of a religious dispute between a Friar and a Rabbi. Here continues the Friar's argument:
"Tremble, Jews," the friar thundered...
"Save your souls as Jesus showed,
Flee the synagogue of evil,
Fly to Jesus' blest abode,
"To the light of Love's cathedral,
Where the fount of grace flows fair
Into Heaven-hallowed basins–
Stick your sinful heads in there–
"Then you'll wash out the old Adam
And his vices black as coal,
All your ancient spite and rancor–
Wash its mould from heart and soul!
"Don't you hear the Saviour calling
Your new name to glory in?
Get deloused on Jesus' bosom
From the vermin known as Sin!
"Oh, our God is love incarnate,
Jesus Christ his gloried name;
To reflect His humble meekness
And His patience is our aim.
"Hence we too are calm and gentle,
Never wrangling, ever mild,
Like the Lamb of Peace, our model,
Sunny-tempered as a child.
"We will one day walk in Heaven
With the holy angel bands,
In a bliss that's beatific
With white lilies in our hands.
"No more monkish cowls for us then,
But the finest-looking clothes
Of brocade and silk and muslin,
Golden tassels, ribboned bows.
"No more tonsures! Golden locks will
Wreathe our heads, and lovely maids
Will be busily adorning
Our coiffures with handsome braids.
"Up there, all the wine cups will be
Of much bigger, better shapes
Than the goblets here below that
Hold the juice of earthly grapes.
"But contrariwise a lady's
Mouth will be much more petite
Up in Heaven than the earthly
Ones we're now more apt to meet.
"Drinking, kissing, laughing, we will
Have Eternity to spend
And hosannas without end."
Thus the Christian closed. The friars,
Sure that no remaining doubt
Could becloud a single bosom,
Dragged baptismal basins out.
... Check back to find out how the Rabbi of Navarre responds!