As it fell out upon one day,Rich Divès made a feast,And he invited all his friends,And gentry of the best.
Then Lazarus laid him down and downAnd down at Divès’ door:“Some meat and drink, brother, Diverus,Bestow upon the poor.”
“Thou’rt none of my brothers, Lazarus,That liest begging at my door;No meat, nor drink will I give thee,Nor bestow upon the poor.”
Then Lazarus laid him down and down,All under Divès’ wall:“Some meat, some drink, brother Diverus,For hunger starve I shall.”
“Thou’rt none of my brothers, Lazarus,That liest begging at my gate;No meat, no drink will I give thee,For Jesus Christ His sake.”
Then Divès sent out his hungry dogs,To bite him as he lay;They hadn’t the power to bite one bite,But licked his sores away.
Then Divès sent to his merry men,To worry poor Lazarus away;They’d not the power to strike one stroke,But flung their whips away.
As it fell out upon one day,Poor Lazarus sickened and died;There came two angels out of heaven,His soul therein to guide.
“Rise up! rise up! brother Lazarus,And go along with me;For you’ve a place prepared in heaven,To sit on an angel’s knee.”
As it fell out upon one day,Rich Divès sickened and died;There came two serpents out of hell,His soul therein to guide.
“Rise up! rise up! brother Diverus,And come along with me;There is a place provided in hellFor wicked men like thee.”
Then Divès looked up with his eyesAnd saw poor Lazarus blest;“Give me one drop of water, brother Lazarus,To quench my flaming thirst.”
“O, was I now but alive againThe space of one half hour!O, that I had my peace againThen the devil should have no power.”