Limits and Renewals, by Rudyard Kipling

At His Execution

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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