At His Execution

Joseph Rudyard Kipling was an English short-story writer, poet, and novelist chiefly remembered for his tales and poems of British soldiers in India and his tales for children.






I am made all things to all men--
  Hebrew, Roman, and Greek--
  In each one's tongue I speak,
Suiting to each my word,
That some may be drawn to the Lord!

I am made all things to all men--
  In City or Wilderness
  Praising the crafts they profess
That some may be drawn to the Lord--
By any means to my Lord!

Since I was overcome
  By that great Light and Word,
  I have forgot or forgone
The self men call their own
(Being made all things to all men)
  So that I might save some
  At such small price to the Lord,
As being all things to all men.

I was made all things to all men,
But now my course is done--
And now is my reward...
Ah, Christ, when I stand at Thy Throne
With those I have drawn to the Lord,
 Restore me my self again!

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