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The New Zealand Evangelist

Poetry — Hypocrisy Detected.


Hypocrisy Detected.

Thus says the prophet of the Turk,
Good Mussulman abstain from pork:
There is a part in every swine,
No friend nor follower of mine
May taste, whate'er his inclination,
On pain of excommunication,
Such Mahomet's mysterious charge,
And thus he left the point at large.
Had he the sinful part expressed,
They might with safety eat the rest;
But for one piece they thought it hard
From the whole hog to be debarred;
And set their wit at work to find,
What joint the prophet had in mind.
Much controversy straight arose;
These chose the back, the belly those;
By some ‘tis confidently said,
He meant not to forbid the head;
While others at the doctrine rail,
And piously prefer the tail.
page 309 Thus, conscience freed from every clog,
Mahometans eat up the hog.
You laugh—'tis well—the tale applied,
May make you laugh on t'other side.
Renounce the world—the preacher cries.
We do—a multitude replies.
While one as innocent regards
A snug and friendly game at cards:
And one, whatever you may say,
Can see no evil in a play;
Some love a concert or a race;
And others shooting or the chase.
Reviled and loved, renounced and followed,
Thus, bit by bit, the world is swallowed;
Each thinks his neighbour makes too free,
Yet likes a slice as well as he;
With sophistry their sauce they sweetes,
Till quite from tail to snout ‘tis eaten.