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"The Vaudois Teacher"

from "Poems" (1893 Edition)

John G. Whittier

This poem was suggested by the account given of the manner which the Waldenses disseminated their principles among the Catholic gentry. They gained access to the house through their occupation as peddlers of silks, jewels, and trinkets. "Having disposed of some of their goods," it is said by a writer who quotes the inquisitor Rainerus Sacco, "they cautiously intimated that they had commodities far more valuable than these, inestimable jewels, which they would show if they could be protected from the clergy. They would then give their purchasers a Bible or Testament; and thereby many were deluded into heresy." The poem, under the title Le Colporteur Vaudois, was translated into French by Professor G. de Felice, of Montauban, and further naturalized by Professor Alexandre Rodolphe Vinet, who quoted it in his lectures on French literature, afterwards published. It became familiar in this form to the Waldenses, who adopted it as a household poem. An American clergyman, J. C. Fletcher, frequently heard it when he was a student, about the year 1850, in the theological seminary at Geneva, Switzerland, but the authorship of the poem was unknown to those who used it. Twenty-five years later, Mr. Fletcher, learning the name of the author, wrote to the moderator of the Waldensian synod at La Tour, giving the information. At the banquet which closed the meeting of the synod, the moderator announced the fact, and was instructed in the name of the Waldensian church to write to me a letter of thanks. My letter, written in reply, was translated into Italian and printed throughout Italy.

Bring forth thy pearl of exceeding worth, thou traveller gray and old. Whittier - The Vaudois Teacher

"O LADY fair, these silks of mine

are beautiful and rare, -

The richest web of the Indian loom, which beauty's

queen might wear;

And my pearls are pure as thy own fair neck, with whose

radiant light they vie;

I have brought them with me a weary way, - will my

gentle lady buy?"

The lady smiled on the worn old man through the

dark and clustering curls

Which veiled her brow, as she bent to view his

silks and glittering pearls;

And she placed their price in the old man's hand

and lightly turned away,

But she paused at the wanderer's earnest call, -

"My gentle lady, stay!

"O lady fair, I have yet a gem which a purer

lustre flings,

Than the diamond flash of the jewelled crown on

the lofty brow of kings;

A wonderful pearl of exceeding price, whose virtue

shall not decay,

Whose light shall be as a spell to thee and a

blessing on thy way!"

The lady glanced at the mirroring steel where her

form of grace was seen,

Where her eye shone clear, and her dark locks

waved their clasping pearls between;

"Bring forth thy pearl of exceeding worth, thou

traveller gray and old,

And name the price of thy precious gem, and my

page shall count thy gold."

The cloud went off from the pilgrim's brow, as a

small and meagre book,

Unchased with gold or gem of cost, from his

folding robe he took!

"Here, lady fair, is the pearl of price, may it prove

as such to thee!

Nay, keep thy gold - I ask it not, for the word of

God is free!"

The hoary traveller went his way, but the gift he

left behind

Hath had its pure and perfect work on that high-

born maiden's mind,

And she hath turned from the pride of sin to the

lowliness of truth,

And given her human heart to God in its beautiful

hour of youth!

And she hath left the gray old halls, where an evil

faith had power,

The courtly knights of her father's train, and the

maidens of her bower;

And she hath gone to the Vaudois vales by lordly

feet untrod,

Where the poor and needy of earth are rich in the

perfect love of God!

Bring forth thy pearl of exceeding worth, thou traveller gray and old. Whittier - The Vaudois Teacher

"Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field; the which when a man hath found, he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls: Who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it." Matt 13:44-46 KJV
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