Note: The drawing is on one side of a notebook page. The other side has a copy of the sonnet, though the two works appear to have no relation to each other.
- Though God, as one that is an householder,
- Called these to labour in his vineyard first,
- Before the husk of darkness was well burst
- Bidding them grope their way out and bestir,
- (Who, questioned of their wages, answered, “Sir,
- Unto each man a penny:”) though the worst
- Burthen of heat was theirs and the dry thirst:
- Though God hath since found none such as these were
- To do their work like them:—Because of this,
- Stand not ye idle in the market-place. 10
- Which of ye knoweth he is not that last
- Who may be first by faith and will?—that his
- Is not the hand which, after the set days ,
Shall give a future to their goodly past?
Added TextAnd hours, shall give a future to their past?