"And the King shall answer and any unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me." -- Matt.25:40.
"Christ! wenn die Armen manchesmal."
transl., Sarah Findlater, 1858
Ah Christian! if the needy poor
Have e'er unheeded been,
Beware lest at thy closed door
The Saviour stood unseen.
Let heart and house be open thrown,
Thy gifts with others share;
Let holy charity be shown
To all who need thy care.
Then, while thy glance abroad is cast,
The Lord is by thy side;
For through the open door He passed
Because it was so wide.
And ere thy beating heart can guess
Who entered by the door,
His gracious bands are raised to bless
Thy basket and thy store;
To bless thee all time's little day,
With His almighty love:
To bless the long eternity
That waits for thee above --
Where soon the pearly gates, which stand,
To all He'll open throw,
Who, for His sake, with willing hand,
Did minister below.