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 The Unjust Steward 

SEE WHERE THE steward, worldly wise,
      With wicked cunning in his eyes,
      Shows his lord's debtors how to cheat
      His master of his oil and wheat.
      "A hundred measures dost thou owe
      Of oil? My friend, 'tis scarcely so:
      Here, take thy bill and quick indite
      Fifty: that puts the matter right."
      "A hundred measures is thy debt
      Of corn? My friend, thou dost forget:
      Here, take thy bill, and write fourscore;
      Surely thou owest nothing more."
      Thus wickedly he would provide
      Houses in which he might abide,
      When for his former acts unjust
      He from his stewardship was thrust.
      And when his master heard, he smiled,
      Though of his goods he was beguiled:
      Nor did he e'en forbear to praise
      The crafty foresight of his ways.
      The children of this world, alas!
      The children of the light surpass,
      In planning methods to provide
      For ills from which they cannot hide.
      And so our Master bids us take
      The money which He gives, and make
      Friends with our riches for the day
      When earthly treasures flee away.
      That when we leave our house below,
      And into unknown regions go,
      Through Jesus, we may find above
      An everlasting home of love.
      Do I my little store expend
      For such a wise and prudent end;
      Or only think of my own gain,
      And not of others' want and pain?
      Lord, by Thy Spirit, make me wise
      Above my selfishness to rise,
      And something daily give away
      To find again in Thy great day!
      [Richard Wilton, M.A.]

      THE END.

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