Stranger, be not afraid –
come in, come in, the table is laid.
I see thee be weary, please sit yourself down
You are tired, you are thirsty – come, see now
you can rest from your worries and
your burdens lay down.
Stranger be not afraid –
come in, come in the table is laid
I once too arrived here, a stranger like you
Be assured you can lay all worries down too
Find here a place where from sorrows released
Where indeed you are known, and loved – be at peace
Why do you beg, for some crumb of food,
for these meagre dregs? Stranger, begone
for I shall not share; but in my great mercy
I will at least, leave you alone
to beg on the streets.
Those with most power are not the least
(Though they claim the title –
but God knows, and God see’s)
and though the world tells us – turn the stranger away
When you shared nought with the stranger, you shared nought with me.