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To

JOSEPH JACOBS

Barlaam and Josaphat

O friend, who sittest young yet wise
 Beneath the Bo-tree s shade.
Confronting life with kindly eyes,
 A scholar unafraid


To follow thought to any sea
 Or back to any fount,
'Tis modern parables to me
 From thy instruction mount.


Was Barlaam. truly Josaphat,
 And Buddha truly each ?
What better parable than that
 The unity to preach —


The simple brotherhood of souls
 That seek the highest good ;
He who in kingly chariot rolls.
 Or wears the hermit's hood!


The Church mistook? These heathen once
 Among her Saints to range!
That deed of some diviner dunce
 Our wisdom would not change.


For Culture's Pantheon they grace
 In catholic array.
Each Saint hath had his hour and place.
 But now 'tis All Saints' Day.


I. ZANGWILL

October 27, 1895