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DBAMATIZED BIBLE STORIES 
FOR YOUNG PEOPLE 

MARY M. RUSSELL 



DRAMATIZED 

BIBLE STORIES 

FOR YOUNG PEOPLE 



BY 

MARY M. RUSSELL 

Instructor in Young Peopk^s Methodf, School of lUUffioui 

Education and Social Service, Boston UmvenUy 

and Formerly Associate Superintendent of 

Young PeopWs Department, Board 

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NEW ^^M^ YORK 
GEORGE H. DORAN COMPANY 



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TO THE TOITNG PEOPLE 
OF 

SECOND CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH, BOSTON 

WHO FIBflT DKAMATIZED MAXTT OF THlflB 8TOBIB8 



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INTRODUCTION 

These dramatizations are arranged for yowng 
people, those in the teens, and not for children. 
While the younger boys and girls enjoy dramatiz- 
ing a story and many teachers in Primary and 
Junior departments have, in the last few years, 
made use of dramatization as a means of impress- 
ing the lesson, still, this form of presenting a story 
should not be confined to the lower grades. 

The stories given in this book have grown out 
of actual experience with the adolescent group. 
The dramatic instinct is very strong during the 
adolescent years, and should be used as a means 
of teaching moral and religious truth, and for pro- 
viding young people the ideals needed. 

Many of the dramatizations have been pro- 
duced by Intermediates and Seniors, having been 
given at Sunday-Schools as a special feature of 
the worship service; at prayer meetings, as a 
Scripture reading ; at concerts as a part of the pro- 
gram ; at summer camps as a Sunday service. The 
first of these stories was dramatized because a 
pastor of a large city church was anxious to in- 
terest the young people in the mid-week service and 
was willing to vary his program to meet their 
needs. The dramatization was presented as the 

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Scripture lesson and the talk of the hour was 
based on the message of the story. 

Not only do dramatizations appeal to the young 
people but they afford an opportunity for thie 
church to use her young life. Churches are con- 
stantly lamenting the absence from the services of 
the young people. Perhaps if they had more to 
do in the work of the church their interest and 
attendance would be correspondingly great. 
Young people are truly religious, but theirs is not 
the religion of maturity. It does not express itself 
naturally in testimony meetings, but in ways which 
lie within the interests and abilities of youth. 
Theirs is a religion of action, not speech. Young 
life craves activity. Idle listener is not the r61e 
that appeals most strongly to them. At a State 
Convention of one of the leading denominations, 
four young men from different sections of the State 
were asked to speak on the question: ^^What do 
the Young People Ask of the Church?^' Every 
one of the four had the same message — ^^^Oive us 
something to do." 

Because of their youth they are not dected to 
office ; because of inexperience and custom they do 
not contribute much to discussions in prayer 
meetings. They are, however, religious and need 
opportunity to express themselves. Through the 
dramatized story the youth finds one way. His 
attitude toward the story and the characters rep- 
resented is one of respect and reverence. As he 
tries to impersonate a strong, noble, loyal char- 
acter he finds within his own heart a desire to be 

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the character he is trying to portray. Many a 
yonth can tell, if he will, of the incentive to 
achievement and of the finding of an ideal which has 
come to him as he has helped dramatize a story. 
Young people are entitled to a place in the local 
church program. If they can help in some of the 
services by dramatizing a Bible story the church 
is wise that provides them with such an oppor- 
tunity. 

The dramatizations given here have been made 
very simple. The words of the story have been 
taken, for the most part, directly from the Bible 
narrative, so that the youth is learning Scripture 
as well as a story. A good preparation for the 
dramatization is to call together all who are to 
have a part in the production, and read or tell 
them the whole story before the parts are assigned. 
By this plan each is made familiar with the story 
and its message before he begins to prepare his 
own part. Few rehearsals are necessary. The 
ideal way to dramatize a story is to have no printed 
parts assigned but to allow each person to select 
the character he prefers and to interpret the part 
as it appeals to him. This is the most successful 
plan for use with children. To follow such A 
method, story-telling or group study must precede 
the dramatizations. This is often not feasible or 
easUy arranged for young people, so this book^ 
with its suggestions, is designed to help the busy 
teacher, director or preacher who is interested in 
giving the young people a chance to help in a way 
that is natural and enjoyable. 

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Through dramatizing Bible Stories the young 
people not only are given a part in the church 
services but they are made more familiar with 
the stories of the Bible. Interest or curiosity in- 
variably leads the one participating to read the 
biblical account oi the story. Some of the stories 
cover a number of chapters, and as the youth reads 
he finds a new interest in the story. Never will 
he forget a story he has helped to dramatize, or 
fail to appreciate its teaching. To him, more than 
to those in the audience, comes the message of the 
story ; to him comes higher ideals, deeper motives, 
a stronger desire to be and to do, so that the drama- 
tized story becomes but another means of teach- 
ing, a further aid in character building. 

It will be noticed that some of the dramatiza- 
tions require only girls, others only boys, while 
others are for mixed groups, so that selection can 
be made to fit any group. There are twelve stories, 
the thought being that once each month, at leasts 
the young people should be allowed to present a 
story. After a few presentations the young peo- 
ple will often be able to prepare stories of their 
own choosing and work out the dramatizations 

for themselves. 

Mart M. Bussbll. 
Bostorij Mms. 



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COSTUMES, SCENERY, STAGE 

PROPERTIES 

The costuming is a very simple matter. The 
oriental garments were loose flowing robes, both 
for men and women. Capes, shawls, scarfs and 
strips of bright colored cheese cloth make excellent 
costumes. Churches having vested choirs are well 
supplied with gowns which may be used in many 
cases. College gowns may be borrowed from 
friends in the neighborhood. Dresses of cheese 
cloth can be made with little work and expense. 
Churches which are located in the cities where 
the mission boards have rooms may often be able 
to borrow costumes from the board rooms. Usually 
each person representing a character will be re- 
sponsible for his own costume. He will, doubtless, 
need help in planning it. Pictures of oriental 
scenes will often furnish helpful suggestions. 

Screens, draperies and plants can usually be 
made to provide sufficient scenery. Where a plat- 
form or portion of a house is needed it can be 
easily constructed by some of the older boya 
There are often those who can not speak in pub- 
lic who will be glad to have a part in the prepara- 
tion and to help by building needed scenery. A 
dark drapery thrown over a box or chair can be 
made to represent a rock; draperies hung over 

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screens will make a good representation of a city 
wall. 

Palms^ ferns and other potted plants can be 
used very effectively for ont-of-door scenes, river 
banks and fields. Many churches are provided 
with ferns which can be used; sometimes florists 
will lend palms and other large plants, and in 
many churches will be found the friendly mer- 
chant who is usually willing to lend his plants and 
will often deliver them at the church. 

Screens may be used in the churches which are 
not provided with a curtain. Some of the stories, 
as Easter Mormng II, do not require a curtain 
but can be given on any platform and without 
scenery. The imagination of the young people will 
enable them to make the story live so that both 
they and their audience will be able to see the 
pictures even without much scenery. The aim in 
presenting the stories is not to give a finished pro- 
duction but to make the message of the story felt. 
This will be accomplished more by the way the 
young people interpret the parts assigned to them 
than by any stage arrangements or scenery. 



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CONTENTS 

PAQB 

Intboduction , vii 

Costumes^ Scbnbry^ Stage Propebtisi • • xi 

I A Mother's Faith (Moses) • . . • 17 

II In Quest of a Great Treasure (Naaman) 22 

III A Woman Who Dared (Esther) ... 29 

IV The Outcome of a Secret (Bartimeus) . 35 
V Easter Morn 39 

VI Easter Morning 47 

VII A Search for a Wife (Isaac and Rebecca) 58 

VIII The Value of Preparation (Ten Virgins) 59 

IX The Secret of Success (Nehemiah) . . 63 

X A Neighbor and His Work (Good Samari- 

tan) 74 

XI A GiBL Who Knew How to be a Frienq 

(Ruth) 78 

XII A Thanksgiving Service (Miriam) • • 88 

XIII The First Christmas . . i . . . . 88 



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DRAMATIZED BIBLE STORIES 
FOR YOUNG PEOPLE 



DRAMATIZED BIBLE STORIES 
FOR YOUNG PEOPLE 

A MOTHER'S FAITH 

Chabactbbs: 
Mother. 
Babe. 
Sister. 
Friends. 
Princess. 
Fiye Maidens. 

SCENE I 
Plage : Home of Moses^ Parents. 

Mother. My son has been hidden for three 
months but now he grows older and concealment 
is no longer possible. Where can I find for him 
a place of safety? 

Friend. I know not Pharaoh hath said, 
"Every son that is born of a Hebrew ye shall cast 
into the river and only daughters shall ye save 
alive." 

Mother. My beautiful boy shall not perish. 
Surely the Lord will show me a way of escape. 
My trust is in Him. He will not forsake ma 

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Friend. Thou couldst make for thy son a cradle 
of rushes and hide him in the reeds by the river. 
There thou couldst watch over him to feed and to 
care for him, and perchance his hiding place would 
never be discovered and so his life would be saved. 

Mother. That will I do! [Turning to Sister. 1 
Fetch me the rushes! We will make for him an 
ark and cover it with slime and pitch and place 
the child therein and lay the ark in the flags by 
the river^s brink. Thou, his sister, shalt watch 
from afar, that no evil befall him. The Lord shall 
be with thee in thy task. Make haste ! Bring the 
rushes. 

[Exit Sister. 
[Mother bends over the babe us if in prayer. 

Friend. [Appronching mother.'] The Lord hear 
thee in the day of thy trouble: the name of the 
God of Jacob defend thee: Send thee help from 
the sanctuary, and strengthen thee out of Zion; 
Remember all thy offerings and accept thy burnt 
sacrifices; Grant thee according to thine own 
heart's desire and fulfill all thy petitions. We will 
rejoice in thy salvation, and in the name of our 
Qod will we set up our banners; The Lord fulfill 
all tiy petitions. Some trust in chariots and some 
trust in horses, but we will remember the name of 
our God. They are brought down and fallen, but 
we are risen and stand upright. Save, Lord, hear 
us when we call. [The women embrace. 

[Soft music behind scenes. 

CUETAIN 

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A MOTHER'S FAITH 



SCENE II 



Place: By the river hank. Palms, etc., to gwe 
the effect. Ark among the reeds. Sister hid- 
den near. 

{Enter Princess and Maidens. 
First Maiden. Wilt thou not rest here in the 
shade, O Princess? Surely thou art wearied with 
thy long walk by the river side. 

Princess. I will rest me at thy suggestion^ O 
my friend, and thou shalt sing to me. 

[First Maiden sings. Any pretty natwre song 
that ha^ no modem Christian sentiment. 
Princess. What is that yonder that mine eyes 
behold? 

Second Maiden. It is, indeed, a strange object 
to be among the reeds. I go to look upon it that 
I may tell thee what it is. 

Princess. Nay, rather bring it to me. 

[Two maidens bring ark to Princess. She 
peers in. 
Princess. A babe! He weeps! Give him to 
me. He is one of the Hebrew children. 
Fourth maiden. What shall be done with him? 
Princess. I shall keep him for my own child. 
Fourth Maiden. But thy father Pharaoh lov- 
eth not the Hebrew children. Has he not com- 
manded that all the male children shall be put to 
death? 

Princess. True, nevertheless, I keep the child. 
Already he doth cause me to love him. He shall 

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be called Moses, because I drew him out of the 
water. 

[Enter sister. 

Sister, If it please thee, O Princess, hear me! 
Shall I go and call for thee a nurse of the Hebrew 
women that she may nurse the child for thee? 

Princess. Yes, that thou shalt do. Go bring 
the Hebrew nurse. She will know well how to 
care for the babe. Go quickly ! 

[Ecdt sister. 

Fifth Maiden. Fair indeed is his countenance. 

Princess. He shall be to me a son. As the 
Princess' son shall he be honored. None shall do 
him harm. 

{Enter sister and mother. 

Bister. Behold, O Princess, a woman of the He- 
brews who shall nurse for thee the child. 

Princess. Dost thou know well how to care for 
a babe? Wilt thou nurse him for me until the 
time when I can have him with me at my father's 
house? 

Mother. Yes, verily, such care as his mother 
would give him will I give him. Only let me be 
his nurse! 

Princess. Take the child away, nurse it for me, 
and I will give thee wages. [Looking at cMld.l 
Thou blessed babe. [Oives hahe to mother. 

Princess. [Rising.'] Let us return. I would 
not tarry longer. 

[Exeunt all. 

CUETAIN 

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A MOTHER'S FAITH 
SCENE III 

PiiAGB : 8(ime us in Scene I. Room in semi-dark- 
ness. Soft mvsic of violin in distance. 

Mother seated with child in her arms at 
center of stage, sister in background. Rising 
slowly, mother places child on couch amd, 
standing in attitude of prater, offers the fol- 
lowing petition, rising to exaltation at the 
close. 

Mother. WhUe I live, I will praise the Lord! 
I cried unto God with my voice, even unto God 
with my voice, and he gave ear unto me. In the 
day of my trouble, I sought the Lord. In the day 
when I cried, Thou answered me and strengthened 
me with strength in my soul. Though I walk in 
the midst of trouble. Thou wilt revive me for Thy 
loving kindness and for Thy truth. Cause me to 
hear Thy loving kindness in the morning for in 
Thee do I trust. Cause me to know the way in 
which I should walk for I lift my soul unto Thee. 
Every day will I bless Thee, and I will extol Thy 
name forever and ever. Great is the Lord, and 
greatly to be praised ! 

[An appropriate selection played softly on 
violin during the mother's speech adds much 
to the impressiveness of the presentation.'] 

OUETAIN 



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IN QUEST OF A GREAT TREASURE 

Characters : 
Naaman^ captain of the host of the king of Syria. 
Naaman's wife. 
Israelitish maiden, a captive and servant to 

Naama/n^8 wife. 
Elisha, the prophet of Samaria. 
Gehazi, Eliaha^s servant. 
Naaman's attendants. 
Servant 

SCENE I 

Plaob: a room in Naaman's house, wife seated 
on couch. Israelitish maiden husy making 
the woman comfortable. Woman appears sad 
a/nd indifferent. 

Maiden. Is there aught else that I can do for 
thee, my mistress? 

Mistress. {^Shakes head slowlp.l No, nothing. 

Madden. Art thou ill this morning? 

Mistress. No. 

Maiden. It grieves me to see my dear mistress 
so sad. If I could only do something to make her 
glad. Is there naught that I can do? 

Mistress. No, oh, no. [Rises from coucKI 
No one can help my sorrow. Oh^ Naaman, Naa- 

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man, my husband ! Why shonld this terrible af- 
fliction come upon thee? Thou art not only a great 
man but thou art a good man, valiant and honor- 
able, and needed by thy king, — ^and yet, thou must 
die! 

Maiden. Die — ^the master! Is there to be an- 
other war? Surely the enemy can not prevail 
against the mighty Naaman. Hath he not already 
delivered Syria? 

Mistress. Ah, no. In war he might have a 
chance for his life, but not now, not now. Dost 
thou remember the white spot which appeared on 
Kaaman's hand and which hath troubled him for 
some time? This day he hath told me that it is 
the mark of leprosy. Leprosy, that hideous dis- 
ease, that living death, which makes a man an 
exile, an object of loathing to all who see him and 
a burden unto himself. Oh, Naaman, what doth 
thy glory and honor avail thee now? It would 
have been better that thou shouldst have fallen in 
battle. Oh, Naaman, my husband! 

Maiden. Would God that my lord were with 
the prophet that is in Samaria for he would re- 
cover him of his leprosy! 

Mistress. What sayest thou? There is no cure 
for leprosy. 

Maiden. I know it is said so, but indeed there 
is a prophet who lives in my country and who hath 
cured many of this dread disease. If only my lord 
were there, the prophet could heal him! 

Mistress. Tell me the name of the prophet! 
Quick! 

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Madden. He is called Elisha. Many are the 
wonderful deeds he hath performed, for he is a 
prophet of the Lord Jehovah who giveth him mar- 
velous power. 

Mistress. IClaps hand; servant enters.^ Go 
quickly. Call thy master. Bid him come at once. 
IMistress pacing floor.'] Oh, if it is true! lExit 
servant.] If there be a way of escape from this 
terrible thing! Why doth not he hasten? [Enter 
Naaman.] Oh, Naaman, Naaman, listen! I have 
wonderful news for thee. This little maid whom 
thou didst bring captive from the land of Israel 
hath told me strange news. In her country there 
lives a mighty man, a prophet called Elisha, who 
hath power to cure leprosy. 

Naaman. What is this? Power to cure lep- 
rosy ? Impossible ! 

Mistress. Oh, but it is true. She says that he 
has cured others, has even raised the dead. If he 
has cured others, can he not cure you? Oh, my 
lord, I beseech thee, make haste and go to him! 

Naaman. This is a strange report Speak, 
maid, how knowest thou this thing? 

Maiden. Everyone in my country knows the 
prophet, for many are the people whom he hath 
helped. He is good to all and everyone doth love 
him. I pray, my lord, that thou wilt go to him 
for surely he can cure thee and bring again the 
smile to the face of my mistress. It grieves me to 
see her sorrowful. 

Naamofi. Thou art a good maid. If all that 
thou sayest is true and I am cured of this disease 

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thon Shalt not be forgotten, but shalt receive thy 
reward. [Turning to wife.'] I go at once to make 
preparation for the journey. May it be even as 
we dare to hope ! 

[Eadt Ndoman. 
Mistress. Come with me. There is much to be 
done, Naaman must go at once. 

[Exeunt mistress and maid. 

CURTAIN 

SCENE II 

PliAGB : In front of Elisha's home. A sound as of 
horses stamping and noise of chariot and 
voices of nwn in distance. Near the door of 
the house stands Na/imAin, gorgeously dressed, 
and with him three attendants hearing gifts. 
Naaman. [To first attendant.] Hast thou a 
copy of the letter which the king did send to the 
king of Israel? 
Servant. I have, my master. 
Naaman. Strange; I thought this prophet 
would come out to meet me. Is he so used to vis- 
its from Captains of king's hosts that he cares not 
for our coming? [To second attendant.] What 
bearest thou? 

Attendant. I have here, my lord, the ten tal- 
ents of silver, and the six thousand pieces of gold 
which thou didst bring as a gift to the prophet 

Naa/man. That is well. {Addressing third at- 
tendant.] What hast thou? 
Attendant. I have here^ my lord, the ten 

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changes of raiment which thou didst also bring as 
a present to the prophet. 

Ndaman. Knock. [Attendant knocks; Gehazi 
opens the door.'\ Where is thy master? 

Qehazi, He is within. What is thy errand? 

Naa/man. Tell thy master that N daman, captain 
of the host of the Eing of Syria, desires to see him. 
I have traveled from my own country that he might 
heal me of my leprosy. Bid him come forth. 
[Esnt Oehazi.'\ I wonder what this prophet is 
like. Why doth he delay his coming? Perhaps he 
is not prepared to meet so mighty a person as the 
captain of the king's host. 

[Enter Geha^si, 

Oehazi. My master sayeth, Go and wash in the 
Jordan seven times and thy flesh shall come again 
to thee and thou shalt be clean. 

N oilman. [ Angrily. 1 What is the meaning of 
this? I thought, he will surely come out to see me 
and stand, and call on the name of the Lord his 
God, and strike his hand over the place and recover 
the leper. And now he maketh this strange con- 
dition. Are not the rivers of Damascus better than 
all the waters of Israel? May I not wash in them 
and be clean? I'll not go to the muddy waters 
of the Jordan. 

Attendants. [Timidly.li My lord, hear me. If 
the prophet had bid thee do some great thing, 
wouldst thou not have done it? How much rather* 
then, when he saith to thee, "Wash and be clean"? 

Ufaaman. There is truth in what thou sayst. 
Gome, let OS go to the Jordan. I may as well do 

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as the prophet says and see if anything comes of 
it, for I would be healed of this dread disease. 

[Exeunt. 

CURTAIN 



SCENE III 

Plaob: Same as Scene II. Enter Naamdn and 
attendants hearing gifts. All are joyftd and 
talking as they look upon Naaman. 

Naaman. Knock, for I would give my thanks to 
the prophet who hath healed me. Do not disturb 
him, leave the message and the gifts with his serv- 
ant. Knock! \_Door opens; Elisha appears; 
Naaman hows low before him.] O Elisha, thou 
servant of the living God. Behold, now I know 
that there is no God in all the earth, but in Israel ; 
now, therefore, I pray thee, take a blessing of thy 
servant. 

[Attendant with gifts moves toward Elisha. 

Elisha. As the Lord liveth, before whom I 
stand, I will receive none. 

Naaman. I pray thee, do not refuse. How can 
I depart into mine own land and not leave thee a 
token of my gratitude? Thou hast restored to me 
my life and thou hast shown me that Jehovah re- 
gardeth not the amount of a man's wealth but the 
value of his life. Anything I have is thine ! 

Elisha. I have my reward. Go thy way; as 
Jehovah hath blessed thee by increasing thy days^ 

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SO must thou bless others by ufiing well this life 
which has been restored. 

Naaman. That will I do. 

[Exeunt Ndaman a/nd attendawts. 

Elisha. Will the Lord be pleased with talents 
of silver and pieces of gold and changes of rai- 
ment? Ah, no, he asketh that man shall do justly, 
love mercy and walk humbly with his God. 
[Looking in direction taken hy Naa/m€mJ\ And 
that Naaman will do. 

CURTAIN 



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A WOMAN WHO DARED 



Gharagtbbs : 
Mordecai. 
Haman. 
Esther. 
King. 
Serranta 
Others. 



SCENE I 



Mordecai, servants and others in courtyard. 
Enter Hainan. 

Haman. l8oliloquizing.'] Ah, it is great to be 
the king's favorite! He hath promoted me above 
eveiy other man. Now, when I appear, every knee 
doth bow to me, and every man doeth reverence 
to me even as to the king. [Walks across the 
court. All except Mordecai how low before Mm.'] 
Who is the man that doeth me no honor? 

Servant. He is Mordecai, the Jew. 

Haman. Why doth he refuse to kneel? Doth 
he not know that I am the king's favorite? 

Servant. The Jews kneel before no one but 
their God. 

Haman. He shall be punished. 

Servant. Once he saved the king's life. One 

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day when he was sitting in the king's gate he over- 
heard two of the king's chamberlains plotting 
against the king. He sent word to the king and 
when investigation was made it was discovered that 
the plans were all arranged and but for Morde- 
cai's warning the king would have been slain that 
night. 

Haman. What is that to me? Doubtless it is 
but a mere tale. No man shall refuse to honor 
me. He shall be punished. Ah, I have a plan. 

{Exit. 

CURTAIN 

% 

SCENE II 

Plagb: Kmg^s palace, King seated on throne. 
Esther appears just within the entrance, tm- 
seen hp King. 

Esther. Everyone knoweth that whosoever shall 
come unto the king, into the inner court, who is 
not called, shall be put to death, except such to 
whom the king shall hold out the golden sceptre, 
and I have not been called to come to the king for 
thirty days. Mordecai hath commanded me to do 
this thing. It is the only way to save my people. 
Mordecai and all my friends are praying for me. 
If I perish, I perish, — ^but I must see the king. 
Jehovah, help me! 

^Advances. King sees her, acts surprised, 
smiles, holds out sceptre. 
King. Esther, Esther, art thou come unto me? 

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[Esther goes slowly near, touches top of sceptre.] 
Speak! What wilt thou, queen Esther? What 
is thy request? It shall be given thee to the half 
of the kingdom. 

Esther. If it seem good unto the king, let the 
king and Haman come this day unto the banquet 
that I have prepared. 

King. Thy request shall be granted. Haman 
and I will surely come. 

CURTAIN 

SCENE III 

Plage : A room in the Queen^s house. Enter Es- 
ther, the king and Haman. 

Esther. Tarry yet a little while, O king, for 
now that the banquet is over, I would talk with 
thee. 

King. Gladly will we tarry, for thou art fair 
and gracious, O queen. Tell me thy request, and 
it shall be granted thee even to half of the king- 
dom. [King and Esther seat themselves. 

HamAin. [Half aloud."] Esther did let no man 
come in with the king unto the banquet but myself. 
Yet all this availeth me nothing, so long as I see 
Mordecai, the Jew, sitting at the king's gate. 

[Seats himself. 

King. A strange thing happened last night I 
could not sleep so I commanded that the book of 
records be read to me. The^e I found that one 
Mordecai had saved the king's life, but that no 

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reward had been given him for the deed. Haman 
was without in the court. I had him called and 
I asked, "What shall be done unto the man whom 
the king delighteth to honor ?'^ And Haman an- 
swered, "Let the royal robe be brought which the 
king useth to wear, and the horse that the king 
rideth upon, and the royal crown which is set 
upon his head. Let the man be arrayed and bring 
him on horseback through the streets of the city; 
let one of the noble princes go before him pro- 
claiming, ^Thus shall it be done to the man whom 
the king delighteth to honor.^ " All this was done 
unto Mordecai. 

Ha/man. {Aside.'] Yes, I said that, but I lit- 
tle thought he meant Mordecai. I thought it was 
myself of whom the king spoke. 

King. Thou hast not yet told me thy request, 
Queen Esther. 

Esther. Thou art kind, O king, and thy good- 
ness to Mordecai doth make me bold. If I have 
found favor in thy sight, O King, grant that my 
life may be spared and my people also. For we are 
sold, I and my people to be destroyed, to be slain 
and to perish. Mordecai and I shall both perish 
for he of whom thou didst speak is my uncle. 
One who wishes harm to Mordecai hath betrayed 
us. 

King. lAngrily.'] What meanest thou? Who 
hath done this thing? 

Esther. The enemy thou seest before thee. He is 
Haman. 

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[Haman, frightened, falls on knees before 
queen. 

Haman. Oh, Queen Esther^ spare me! 

King. [Clapping hands, calls to servant. '\ 
Gome at once. Take him away. Bring Mordecai 
to me! {Exeunt servants and Haman.'] Thou 
art good as well as beautiful, O Queen. For thou 
didst think of thy people and not only of thyself. 
Thou and Mordecai shall be rewarded. [Enter 
servants with Mordecai.] Esther hath told me of 
the plot against thee and her people. Haman is 
punished. Thou shalt rule in his place. Take 
thou this ring which once I gave him. [Passes to 
Mordecai.] Thou shalt be next to me in the king- 
dom. 

Esther. If it please the king, let an order go 
forth to reverse the letters sent out by Haman in 
which he wrote that all Jews in the King's prov- 
inces should be destroyed. 

King. Mordecai shall write whatsoever thou 
commandest, and shall seal it with the king's ring. 
Not one of thy people shall perish. Mordecai did 
save the king's life, thou didst save thy people, 
shall the king do less? No harm shall befall them 
whom thou lovest. Mordecai shall see that the 
king's decree goeth forth. 

Esther. Oreat is the king and good unto his 
Queen. 

Mordecai. Great is the king and good unto all 
who serve him faithfully. [Eodt king.] But 
greater is Jehovah who careth for his children and 
showeth them a way of escape from the enemy. 

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Esther. Blessed be his name ifor he heard and 
answered our prayers. 

Both, Blessed be his holy name forever and 
ever. 

OUBTAIN 



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THE OUTCOME OF A SECRET 

Characters: Men, women, children, BartunenSi 
Friend ( hoy of same age as Bartimeus) . 

SCENE I 

Plagb: a village street, men, wom^n and chU- 

dren passing to and fro. Blind Bartimeus 

sits hy roadside begging. People drop coins 

into his cup. ^^ . . , 

{Enter friend. 

Friend. Ah, Bartimeus, how art thou to-day? 

Bartimeus. Oh, I am so happy ! I have a won- 
derful secret. 

Friend. Happy? You, Bartimeus? What is 
this secret? Tell me the good news. 

Bartimeus. I have been thinking of the great 
Teacher of whom everyone is talking. They say 
he doeth marvelous things. Not only doth he teach 
and tell beautiful stories, but I have been told that 
he heals the sick. 

Friend. Yes, I have heard so, too. 

Bartimeus. I know he does because I heard one 
of his followers tell how he healed a deaf and 
dumb boy. The boy could not speak plainly. It 
was hard for anyone but his mother to under- 
stand him. They brought the boy to the great 
Teacher. He took him aside from the crowd, he 

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talked with him^ he put his fingiers into his ears, 
he prayed to God, and when they returned the boy 
could talk. The man said the boy was so happy 
he talked all the time. 

Friend. It certainly is strange. He is unlike 
any other man. 

Bartimeus. But I have not told you the secret 
yet. If he can make a deaf and dumb boy hear 
and speak, why can't he make a blind person see? 

Friend. Oh — ^but you have always been blind. 
Then, too, he has never seen you. 

Bartimeus. I know, but though I have always 
wanted to see, I never tried before to help myself 
to obtain sight. Now I am going to do my part. 

Friend. But you can't go to the Teacher. You 
don't know where he is. 

Bartimeus. No, but here is my secret. The 
man told me that he thought the Teacher would 
pass this way soon, as he is on his way to Jericho. 
So every day I sit and listen for his coming. I 
shall know by the excitement. I shall hear the 
people exclaim and hurry by to see him. Oh, if 
he would only come soon! 

Friend. Maybe he is coming now. I see a com- 
pany of people coming over the hill. 

Bartimeus. [Rising from seat.l Oh, Oh! Is 
it he? Is it? Is he really coming? Oh, let us go 
out to meet them. I must not miss him. [Boys 
hastily leave stage; Bartimeus cries out.l Thou 
Son of David, have mercy on me ! Have mercy on 
me, Thou Son of David. Make me to see ! 

CURTAIN 

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SCENE II 
Plagb : Same as Scene I. 



[Enter friend. 



Friend. It seems strange not to see Blind Bar- 
timeus sitting here begging. I wonder where he 
is. He said he would meet me here to-day and tell 
me all about what happened. To think that he 
can really see ! 

[Enter Bartimeus walking rapidly. 

Bartimeus. Ah, Friend, you are here first. 
There was so much to see by the way that I stopped 
often. How wonderful it is to be able to see ! In 
all the years that we have been friends, I never 
saw your face until yesterday. I can hardly be- 
lieve it is true! I never saw the grass, the sky, 
the water before. 

Friend. Tell me what happened. You ran so 
fast and went into the crowd where I could not 
follow you. 

Bartimeus. I know, but I had to see him. I 
did not dare wait until he saw me. As I ran I 
cried to him, "Have mercy upon me, thou Son of 
David." The people tried to make me keep still. 
Some said, "Don't bother the great Teacher." Oth- 
ers said, "He won't stop for you. He is going to 
speak to the multitude." Many said, "Keep still, 
and go away." But I only cried the louder. Sud- 
denly the people all seemed to stand still and all 
stopped talking. It was very quiet. I called 
again. Then a voice, close to me said, "Be of good 
cheer, he calleth thee.^' And a man took me by the 

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hand and led me still farther into the crowd. At 
last I stood in front of the Teacher. He said^ 
"What wilt thou that I should do unto thee?" It 
was the sweetest voice I ever heard. I answered, 
"Lord, that I might receive my sight.^' Then he 
said, "Go thy way, thy faith hath made thee whole." 
And suddenly my eyes were open. The first sight 
I beheld was his face. Oh, the beauty, the kind- 
ness, and the love in it! The Teacher began to 
move on and I followed him. The crowd grew in 
numbers but I kept close to him and sometimes he 
talked to me. 

Friend. What did he say? 

Bartimeus, He said he was glad to help me be- 
cause I had tried hard to help myself. He said 
that as he had helped me, I must help otliers. I 
asked him if I could not stay with him, but he said 
I must return home and be his disciple here in 
Jericho. He needed followers in every place and 
I could help him most by remaining here in a city 
where he could not stay. So, though I am here and 
he is far away, I shall always be his follower. 

Friend. And I, too. 

Bartimeus. We will go together, telling others 
of the great Teacher, for I would have every one 
know him as I do. 

Friend. Let us go to the group down the street 
and tell them the wonderful news. 

IBoys leave stage. 

BartimeuB. [Saying as he goes."] Once I was 
blind. Now I see. I'm glad I did my part 

CURTAIN 

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EASTER MORN 

BY ANNIE M. DARLING 
(A member of my Story Telling Class) 

Characters : 
Pilate, chief priests, and Pharisees. 
Mary Magdalene. 
Salome. 

Mary, Mother of James. 
Peter. 
John. 
Group of people. 

SCENE I 

Place: Pilat&a house. 

Chief priest. Sir, thou hast done well to put to 
death that impostor, Jesus, who called himself the 
King of the Jews, and hast showed thyself a true 
friend to Caesar. Jesus is indeed dead, but strange 
things have happened since his death — earth- 
quakes, and darkness at mid-day, the veil of our 
temple has been rent in twain. These things have 
brought to mind the saying of that deceiver that 
three days after his death he will rise again. The 
people are already beginning to talk and whisper 
among themselves that perhaps this man was a 
prophet. His disciples are still in the city and 
will do all things possible to keep alive in the 

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hearts of the people the belief that this man is the 

Messiah. We have therefore a request to make. 

Joseph of Arimathsea has taken the body and 

placed it in his own new tomb, wherein no man was 

ever yet laid. Command thou that the sepulchre 

be made sure or his disciples will come in the 

night and steal away the body, telling the people 

that he has risen from the dead. The last error 

will thus be worse than the first. 

Pilate. [Superciliousli/.'l Thou hast a watch. 

Go thy way. Make the sepulchre as sure as ye 

can. Seal the stone with the Roman seal and set 

a guard around it. The grave of thy king should 

indeed be guarded. 

IThe chief priests go ovt. 

Pilate. [^Sadly.l How they hate him even in 
death. He was a good man and a just man. How 
sadly and forgivingly he looked at me when I de- 
livered him to the Jews. [Looking at his hands.'\ 
I washed my hands of all blood-guiltiness but me- 
thinks they seem dyed with innocent blood. What 
if he were in truth a prophet and a king! Will 
he indeed rise again, — even from the dead? It 
troubleth me. [Ooes out with head howed. 

SCENE II 

Place: Room in an Oriental house. Dim light, 
curtains drawn. A single lamp burning, for 
it is just before dawn. 

[Enter Mary Magdalene. 

Ma/ry. Those dear hands and feet are pierced 

and bleeding, though they did no wrong except to 

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bring love and healing to sick and sorrowful ones. 
Never again shall I hear His voice say, "Mary, thy 
sins are forgiven thee," or feel His hand placed 
on my head in blessing. My heart is full of sor- 
row, but all I can do for Him is to bring these few 
spices to His resting place. 

[Enter Salome. 

Salome. Art thou ready? Mary, the mother of 
James, is on the way and will soon join us. Thou 
hast the spices and I have the ointments here. And 
yet there is so little that we can do for Him who 
did so much for us. Oh, that we might see Him 
among us once more, with His dear smile. His 
ready words of sympathy for all of our perplexi- 
ties. How the poor, the sick, the sinful thronged 
about Him, and all went away comforted. Our 
Messiah ! I cannot think Him dead ! And yet we 
go to anoint His body ! 

[Enter Mary, the mother of James. 

Ma/ry, the mother of James. Are we all gath- 
ered? But I have sad news for you. All our 
plans may be vain, for I have just heard that the 
chief priests and the Pharisees have been to Pilate, 
and asked him to set a guard about the tomb. 
They have sealed it with the Soman seal and put 
a guard of soldiers about it. How can we roll 
away that great stone and persuade those rough 
soldiers to let us anoint the dear body of our Lord? 
May we not do even this to show our love for Him 
who gave His life for us? 

Salome. Thy story may be but a rumor. There 
must be some way, for love overcometh all difBl- 

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culties. Let us go at once ; the dawn cometh and 

it will soon be bright day. 

IThe women go out. 

CUETAIN 

SCENE III 

Place: Same Oriental room. There is only a 
fUcker of light from the lamp; the daylight 
streams in through the curtains. 

[The door opens and Peter and John come in. 
Peter^s head is bowed in sorrow, and John's 
arm is placed lovingly about his shoulders. 

Peter. And I denied Him ! I, who said though 
all others should leave Him, I would be with Him. 
Those loving eyes I see ever before me, — so sad, so 
sorrowful. Why did my tongue speak so hastily? 
I was not afraid to walk on the water when He 
bade me, but I could not face a little serving maid 
and own that He was my loving Master. And I 
denied Him, not once, or twice, but thrice, even 
as He said. My sin is beyond forgiveness. 

John. Oh, say not so, Peter. Did not the 
Master say to forgive seventy times seven? And 
hath He not said He loved thee? He knoweth thee, 
Peter, that thou hast a hasty and impetuous tongue, 
but a warm and loving heart. 

How can we live without Him after these three 
years of daily ^mpathetic companionship ! How 
He hath cheered us as we walked over the long and 
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our hearts bum within us. Have we lost forever 
our loving Master^ our Messiah? I cannot be- 
lieve Him dead. He said once : "In three days I 
shall rise again." What did He mean? Is it pos- 
sible He will come back to us, He whom we saw 
hanging on the cross, whose body we saw Joseph 
lay away in the tomb? 

Peter. The women have gone this morning to 
prepare Him with sweet spices and ointments for 
His burial. But I am not worthy to go near 
even His dead body. 

IThe sound of women's voices comes through 

the open window. Enter Salome, and Mary, 

the mother of James. 
Salome. [Speaks hurriedly, almost hreath- 
lessly.} He is gone. He is not there. We went 
to the tomb, with our spices and ointments, won- 
dering how we could roll away the stone, for we 
had heard that a seal had been set and a guard 
placed around the tomb. And lo, when we reached 
it, the stone was rolled away. The tomb was 
empty. We went in, and saw not our dear Lord 
but an angel clothed in white garments. We were 
afraid and knew not what to say. And the angel 
said : ^TTe seek Jesus of Nazareth who was cruci- 
fied. He is not here. He is risen. Behold the 
place where they laid Him. But go your way and 
tell His disciples, and Peter [turning to Peter'\y 
he said to tell you especially, Peter, that He goeth 
before you into Oalilee. There shall ye see Him 
even as He said. 

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Peter. [To JohnJ] Let us go to the tomb. I 
cannot believe unless I see. 

[Peter and John go out quickly. 

Salome. We went forth in sorrow and are re- 
turned rejoicing. We went weeping and lo, we 
come again bearing tidings of great joy. 

[Enter Mary Magdalene, hastily. 

Mary Magdalene. I have seen the Lord ! 

Salome and Mary, the m'bther of James. [To- 
gether.} Seen the Lord — ^where? 

Mary Magdalene. In the garden near the tomb. 
I lingered behind, for I could not bear to leave the 
place where my dear Lord had lain. I could not 
believe it was really true that He had risen. I 
feared they had stolen Him away. Then I heard 
a voice, but when I looked up and saw a man 
standing there, I thought it was the gardener, for 
my eyes were blinded with tears. Then He said, 
^^Mary/^ and I knew Him for my dear Master. I 
fell at His feet, crying "Rabboni,^' and He said: 
"Touch me not, for I am not yet ascended unto my 
Father; but go and tell my disciples and say unto 
them, I ascend unto my Father and your Father, 
and to my God and your God." 

[Enter Peter and John. 

Peter. It is even as thou hast said. We ran 
to the tomb and found it empty. I went in, but 
there were only the linen clothes lying folded at one 
side ; my Master was not there. He hath risen even 
as He said. He is not dead. He liveth! Al- 
leluia! 

Salome. [In awed tones, rising to ewultation.} 

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Christ is risen indeed. We shall see Him yet 
again, for Mary hath seen Him and He hath told 
her to tell His disciples that He liveth. He who 
was dead is alive, alive for evermore. Death could 
not hold him. It hath no more dominion over 
Him. He hath loosed the bands of mortality and 
put on immortality. Through the grave, the gate 
of death, He hath passed to joyful resurrection. 
He is risen from the dead and become the first 
fruits of them that sleep. He hath overcome 
death; He hath opened unto us the gate of ever- 
lasting life; by man came death, by man cometh 
also the resurrection from the dead ; in Christ shall 
all be made alive. Alleluia ! Alleluia ! Blessed be 
the name of the Lord. 

{While the women and disciples have been 
speaking, men, women, young men and 
maidens, and even hoys and girls have en- 
tered one after another, until a company has 
gathered. As Salome ceases speaking, a 
young girl or young hoy steps to the front 
and hursts forth into the triumphant Easter 
Song, ^^ Christ the Lord is risen to-day.^' The 
whole company join in the Alleluias, and 
after the first verse all sing. They fie 
slowly down the length of the church {cen- 
tre) singing, with heads lifted, and pass 
out, the song gradually dying away in the 
distance. The soloist should preferahly he 
a hoy tenor, and the singing of the company 
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erent joy. Possiblj/ the people who enter 
later might come hearing Easter lilies. If 
the company should include some of all ages 
from young hoys and girls to old age, it 
would hring home more clearly^ possibly, to 
those who had loved and lost dear ones, that 
the hope of Resurrection is for all, for death 
touches all periods of life.] 

CURTAIN 



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EASTER MORNING 

[^An arrangement of the previous story given 
in one scene for use in a room where screens 
or curtadn are not available. This vms pre- 
sented at service given m a church audi- 
torium on Easter Sunday. The decorations 
of palms and flowers gave the effect of a 
garden.'^ 

Characters : 
Mary Magdalene. 
Salome. 

Mary, Mother of James. 
Peter, 
John. 

Young Woman Soloist. 
Group of People: men, women, boys, girls. 
Leader of Group. 

Scene: A Garden. 

Mary. My heart is full of sorrow. They have 
crucified our Lord and now He lieth in the tomb, 
and we can do nothing for Him but take the spices 
and ointment for His body. Those dear hands 
and feet, pierced and bleeding, which did no wrong 
but rather brought love and healing to sick and 
sorrowful ones. Never again shall I hear His 

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voice say, "Mary, thy sins are forgiven thee," or 

feel His hand placed on my head in blessing. All 

I can do is to take these few spices to His resting 

place. 

[Enter Salome. 

Salome. Art thou ready, Mary Magdalene? 
Mary, the mother of James, is on the way and will 
join us. Hast thou the spices? I have the oint- 
ment here. It is so little we can do for Him who 
did so much for us. Oh, that we might see Him 
among us once more. His dear smile. His ready 
words of sympathy for all our perplexities. How 
the poor, the sick, the sinful thronged around Him, 
and all went away comforted. Our Lord, our 
Messiah! I cannot think Him dead, and yet we 
go to anoint His body. 

[Enter Mary, the Mother of James. 

Mary. Are we all gathered? But I have sad 
news for you. All our plans may be in vain, for 
I have just heard that the chief priests and the 
Pharisees have been to* Pilate and asked him to set 
a guard about the tomb. They have sealed it with 
the Boman seal and put a guard of soldiers about 
it. How can we roll away that great stone and 
persuade those rough soldiers to let us anoint the 
dear body of our Lord? May we not do even this 
to show our love for Him who gave His life for us? 

Salome. The story may be but a rumor. There 
must be some way, for love overcometh all difil- 
culties. Let us go at once; the dawn cometh and 
it will soon be bright day. [The women go out. 

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[Enter Peter and John. Peter^s head is 
howed in sorrow and John^s arm is placed 
lovingly about his shoulders. 

Peter. And I denied Him ! I, who said though 
all others should leave Him I would be with Him. 
Those loving eyes I see ever before me, — so sad, 
so sorrowful! Why did my tongue speak so has- 
tily? I was not afraid to walk on the water when 
He bade me, but I could not face a little serving 
maid and own that He was my loving Master. 
And I denied Him ! Not once or twice, but thrice, 
even as He said. My sin is beyond forgiveness ! 

John. Oh, say not so, Peter. Didst not the 
Master say to forgive seventy times seven? And 
hath He not said He loved thee? He knoweth thee, 
Peter, that thou hast a hasty and impetuous 
tongue, but a warm and loving heart. 

How can we live without Him after these three 
years of daily sympathetic companionship? How 
He hath cheered us as we walked over the long and 
weary roads of Galilee ; how His words have made 
our hearts burn within us ! Have we lost forever 
our loving Master, our Messiah ! I cannot believe 
Him dead. He said once : ^^In three days, I shall 
rise again.'' What did He mean? Is it possible 
He will come back to us? Jesus, whom we saw 
hanging on the cross, whose body we saw Joseph 
lay away in the tomb. 

Peter. The women have gone this morning to 
prepare Him with sweet spices and ointment for 
His burial. But I am not worthy to go near even 
His dead body ! 

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l^The sound of women^s voices is heard. Enter 
Salome, and Mary, the mother of Ja/mes. 

Saioms. [Speaks hurriedly and almost breath- 
lessly.'] He is gone! He is not there! We went 
to the tomb with our spices and ointments won- 
dering how we should roll away the stone, for we 
heard that a seal had been set and a gaard placed 
around the tomb. And lo ! when we reached it, the 
stone was rolled away. The tomb was empty, we 
went iUj and we saw not our Lord, but an angel 
clothed in white garments. We were afraid and 
knew not what to«say, and the angel said, "Ye seek 
Jesus of Nazareth who was crucified. He is not 
here. He is risen. Behold the place where they 
laid Him. But go your way and tell His disci- 
ples, and Peter [turning to Peter^y he said to tell 
you especially, Peter, that "He goeth before you into 
Oalilee. There shall ye see Him even as He said.^' 

Peter. [To John.] Let us go to the tomb. I 
cannot believe unless I see. 

[Peter and John hastUy withdraw. 

Mary. We went forth in sorrow and are re- 
turned rejoicing. We went weeping and lo! we 
come again bearing tidings of great joy. 

[Enter Mary Magdalene hastily. 

Mary Magdalene. I have seen the Lord ! 

Salome and other Mary. [Together.] Seen the 
Lord! Where? 

Mary Magdalene. In the garden near the tomb. 
I lingered behind, for I could not bear to leave 
the place where my dear Lord had lain. I could 
not believe it was really true that He had risen. 

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I feared that they had stolen Him away. Then I 
heard a voice, and when I looked up I saw a man 
standing there. I thought it was the gardener, 
for my eyes were blinded with tears. Then Se 
said, "Mary," and I knew Him for my dear Mas- 
ter. I fell at His feet crying, "Rabboni," and He 
said, "Touch me not, for I am not yet ascended 
unto my Father, but go and tell my disciples and 
say unto them, ^I ascend unto my Father and your 
Father and to my God and your God.* " 

[Enter Peter and John. 

Peter. It is even as thou hast said. We ran 
to the tomb and found it empty. I went in, but 
there were only the linen clothes lying folded at 
one side ; my Master was not there. He hath risen 
even as He said! He is not dead! He liveth! 
Alleluia ! 

Mary.^ [Lights turned on the croB8.'] The 
cross! All these hours I have thought of it with 
horror, as I saw again our Lord hanging there! 
But now all is changed and I see the cross illu- 
mined with the glory of the love that gave to us 
God's best; and through all the ages to come the 
cross shall be the symbol of all followers of our 
Lord and Christ. 

Salome. [In awed tones rising to exultation.'] 
Christ is risen ! He liveth indeed ! Mary hath seen 
Him ! He hath talked with her and hath told her 

* May be omitted if preferred. Many churches 
have an illuminated cross which could be used at 
this point. 

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to tell His disciples. We shall see Him yet again. 
He who was dead is alive for evermore! Death 
eoTdd not hold Him ! He hath loosed the bands of 
mortality and has put on immortality. Through 
the grave, the gate of death, He hath passed to 
joyful resurrection ! He is risen from the dead and 
become the first fruits of them that slept. He 
hath overcome death! He hath opened unto us 
the gate of everlasting life. By man came death, 
by man came also the resurrection from the dead; 
in Christ shall all be made alive. No longer shall 
men sorrow without hope. He is the resurrection 
and the life! Alleluia! Blessed be the name of 
the Lord ! 

[Enter group of hoys and girls, men and 
women bringing flowers, if possible. 
Leader. Then there is hope for all mankind, 
old or young, whom we represent, who through all 
the ages must see their friends pass on into what 
we call death, and must themselves finally yield up 
this mortal life. 
Mary. In Christ shall all be made alive. 
CHrl. [Sings."] 
"Jesus Christ is Risen To-day, Alleluia !" 

[Cfroup on platform join in the AlleliMos of 
first stanza. In second stanza Junior and 
Choral choirs, stationed in rear of room, 
give the Allelma. On next, choirs, solo- 
ists, and group on platform all sing. While 
persons are leaving platform choirs cUone re- 
peat first stanzas. At the close every one 
will have disappeared from platform. 

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A SEARCH FOR A WIFE 

Charagtbrs : 
Abraham. 
Isaac. 

Eliezer, Abraluim^s servant. 
Bebekah^ a madden of Mesopotamia. 
Bethuel^ Rehekah^s father. 
Laban^ Behekah^s brother. 

SCENE I 

Plage: Abraham's tent. Abraham sitting in 
ff^bnt of tent. 

Abraham^ The years of my life have been many, 
but through them all the Lord hath blessed me. 
Now I know that my days can not be long in this 
land and soon I shall leave my kindred and friends. 
Before that time I would And a wife for Isaac, 
my son. All about are the women of the Ca- 
naanites, but my son's wife must be of his own peo- 
ple and yet there are no Israelitish maidens near. 
Eliezer must help me. Ho, Eliezer! 

[Enter Eliezer. 

Eliezer. Didst thou call? 

Abraham. Long thou hast been my servant and 
thou hast proven trustworthy. Now I would en- 
trust to thy care a matter of great importance. 

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Isaac must have a wife. I am too old to seek for 
her. Thou must do it for me. 

Eliezer. Where shall I seek her, among the 
wofnen of Canaan? 

Abraham. Not there. Promise me by the Lord, 
the Ood of heaven and earth that thou wilt not 
take a wife for my son of the daughters of the 
Ganaanites among whom we dwell? 

Eliezer. Where then shall I seek her? 

Abraham. I would have thee go unto my coun- 
try and to my kindred, and there find an Israelitish 
maiden. 

Eliezer. Peradventure, the woman will not be 
willing to follow me unto this land. What shall 
I do then? 

Abraham. The Lord God of heaven which took 
me from my father's house, and from the land of 
my kindred, and which spake unto me and that 
sware unto me, saying. Unto thy children will I 
give this land, he shall send his angel before thee ; 
and thou shalt take a wife for my son from thence. 
If the woman be not willing to follow thee, thou 
shalt be free from thy promise. [Enters tent. 

Eliezer. This is a serious matter, but I have 
promised. The Lord help me in my task. I will 
prepare the camels for the journey, the gifts for 
the maiden and make provision for her return. It 
is a long way to Mesopotamia. [Exit. 

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SCENE II 



Plagb: a well in a cowntry. Ferns and palma, 
etc., may he used. 

Eliezer. At last I am in Mesopotamia. It was 
a long journey. Many times my courage well nigh 
failed me. Now that I am here I 'know not how 
to find the maid. O Lord God of my master 
Abraham, I pray Thee send me help this day. Be- 
hold I stand here by the well, and the daughters 
of the city come to draw water. Let it come to 
pass that the damsel to whom I shall say, ^^Let 
down thy pitcher, I pray thee, that I may drink" ; 
and she shall say, ^^Drink and I will give thy cam- 
els drink also'' ; let the same be she that thou hast 
appointed for thy servant. 

[Eliezer stands near well. Enter Rehekah, 
ca/rryvng pitcher. Goes to well. 

Eliezer. Let me, I pray thee, drink a little wateiF 
out of the pitcher. 

Rehekah. Drink, my lord. [Eliezer takes 
pitcher and drinks.^ I will draw water for thy 
camels, also, until they have done drinking. 

[Goes to welU 

Eliezer. Tell me first, whose daughter art thou? 

Rehekah. I am the daughter of Bethuel. 

Eliezer. Thou art both kind and fair. Take 
these gifts. [Offers her presents.'] Is there roosi 
in thy father's house for us to lodge? 

Rehekah. We have both straw and provendet 
enough, and room to lodge in. 

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Eliezer. Go tell thy father that my master Abra- 
ham hath sent me hither and I would see him. 

Behekah. I will tell my father. {^Exit. 

Eliezer. Blessed be the Lord God of my master 
Abraham, who hath led me to this place. 

lEnter Behekah, Bethuel and Lahan. 

Lahan. Why waitest thou here? The damsel 
hath told us of thee. I have prepared thy house 
and room for thy camels. 

Eliezer. I will not eat until I have 'told my er- 
rand. I am Abraham's servant The Lord hath 
blessed my master greatly and hath given him 
great possessions of flocks, herds, silver and gold. 
He hath one greatly beloved son^ Isaac, unto whom 
he hath given all that he hath. My master made 
me promise that I would go unto the land of his 
kindred and there find a wife for Isaac, lest he be 
tempted to marry one of the women of Canaan. I 
came this day unto the well, and as I stood there 
I prayed, O Lord, let it come to pass that when a 
virgin cometh forth to draw water, and I say unto 
her. Give me, I pray thee, a little water of thy 
pitcher, to drink, and she say to me. Drink thou 
and I will draw water for thy camels also ; let the 
same be the one thou hast appointed for my mas- 
ter's son. Before I had done speaking Bebekah 
came unto the well and said even the words I had 
asked of the Lord, and when she told me that she 
was the daughter of Bethuel, I knew that I had 
come to the right place. Tell me now, if ye will 
deal kindly with my master, and if not tell me^ 
that I may seek farther. 

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Bethuel. The thing eometh from the Lord. 
Ldban. We cannot speak unto thee bad or good. 
Bethuel. Behold, Bebekah is before thee, take 
her, and go, and let her be thy master's son's wife, 
even the wife of Isaac. 

Either. Ood hath answered my prayer and 
that of my master. Take, I pray thee, these gifts. 
[Owes gifts tmto Behekah and Bethuel and 
Laban. 

CURTAIN 

SCENE III 

Placb: Same as Scene I. Abraham in front of 
tent. 

Abraham. Tonder, I saw camels approaching. 
Can it be that Eliezer retumeth so soon? I won- 
der whom he is bringing with him. 

[Enter Eliezer, Bebekah and Isaac. 

Eliezer. Oh, Master, I have done even as thou 
hath said. Behold the damsel, Bebekah, the 
daughter of Bethuel. 

Isaac. As I was meditating in the fields just 
now, it being eventide, I lifted up my eyes and be- 
held the camels approaching. When this woman 
lighted off her camel, I knew that Eliezer had pros- 
pered in his search. I joined myself to the com- 
pany and learned of the journey, the damsel and 
her willingness to come hither. Now, O my father, 
we await thy approval. 

Abraham. [To damsel.^ Thou art good to 

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leave thy home and thy kindred^ and journey to 
a far country. Isaac shall make thee happy and 
the Lord shall bless you both. ITvrns to Isdoc.l 
Show har to her tent. She must be weary after 
her long journey. [Exeunt Rebekah and Isaac. 
Abraham to Eliezer.'] Thou hast done well. Come 
with me for I would hear how the Lord prospered 
thee on thy journey. 

[Exeunt Abraham and Eliezer. 

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Charagtebs : 
Ten young women. 
A herald. 
A group of people. 

SCENE I 

[Enter five maidens. 

First Virgin. Where are the others? 

Second Virgin. They stopped for oil. 

Third Virgin. Why do they wish to carry any 
more? Surely we have enough. It is almost time 
for the bridegroom. 

Fourth Virgin. [Seating herself.'] Shall we 
wait here? 

[All sit. Enter five other maidens. 

Fifth Virgin. Well, here you are. We feared 
you would be late. 

Sixth Virgin. We purchased more oil and filled 
our lamps. 

Third Virgin. Surely we have enough. Why 
buy more? 

Seventh Virgin. We did not want our lights to 
go out before our return. 

Fourth Virgin. You are always over-anxious. 
You plan for what may never happen. Why not 

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enjoy the present instead of thinking about the 
future? 

Seventh Virgin. We would be ready for what 
the future may bring. We would be prepared for 
any event. 

First Virgin. The bridegroom delayeth his com- 
ing. Let us rest awhile. 

{All ussume positions of rest. Quiet reigns^ 
soft ItUlahy played on violin from behind 
scene. As music ceases, a herald enters. 
Herald. Awake, awake ! The bridegroom com- 
etii. Go ye out to meet him. 

[Virgins arise hastily. Lights of first five 
are out. 
Fi^ Virgins. Our lamps are gone out! 
First Virgin. Give us some of your oil ! 
Second Virgin. Yes, you bought extra. Give 
us of your supply. 

Eighth Virgin. Not so, lest there be not enough 
for us and for you. 

Second Virgin. Oh, give us some! 
Third Virgin. Yes, yes, if only a little ! 
Ninth Virgin. We have none to spare. If we 
give to you all the lamps will go out. 

Tenth Vrgin. Gh> ye to them that sell, and buy 
for yourselves. 

Fifth Virgin. The way is far and the bride- 
groom Cometh. 

Third Virgin. Well, if we are to have oil, we 
must go for it. Gome, let us hasten* lest the bride- 
groom come and we be not here. 

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Tenth Virgin. I am sorry for them. 

Ninth Virgin. I would gladly have given of my 
oil if I could have spared any. 

Seventh Virgin. I wonder if they would call 
me over-anxious now. It pays to be ready. For 
at a time when we think not opportunity cometh 
even as the bridegroom to-night. 

Eighth Virgin. The bridegroom cometh nearer. 
Let us who are ready go into the marriage. 

CURTAIN 

SCENE II 

Place: Large doorway in house. People enter- 
ing. At rear of group come the five wise vir- 
gins. 

Sixth Virgin. Ah, we are just in time ! 
Seventh Virgin. Had we waited longer we 
should have been too late for as soon as the bride- 
groom enters the door is closed. 

Eighth Virgin. [Looking hack.'] I cannot see 
the others. 
Ninth Virgin. It pays to be ready. 
Tenth Virgin. Yes, it pays to be ready. 

{Party enters; door is closed. Sound of 
music, talking and loAighter comes from 
withvn. i 

[Enter five foolish virgins, hurrying. j 

First Virgin. Oh, I hope we are in time. 
Second Virgin. I am so tired. We hurried so. 

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Third Virgin. If only we had filled our lamps 
when the others did. 

Fourth Virffiii. Well, maybe it does pay to be 
ready. 

Fifth Virgin. Look, the door is shut! 

ALL. Oh, oh, oh ! [Hasten to door, knock on 
it.l Open, open unto ns! 

Voice. [From within.'] Who are you? 

First Virgin. Friends, invited to the marriage. 

Voice. That cannot be. The friends of the 
bridegroom are with him. 

Third Virgin. Open the door and thou shalt 



ALL. Yes, yes, open the door. 
Vdioe. Depart, I know you not. 
[Virgins turn awaj/ with sorrowful looks. 
Just before leaving the platform all turn 
and look hack. 
First Virgin. They that were ready went in. 
Yes, it pays to be ready. 
ALL. [Softljf.} It pays to be ready. 

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Characters : 
Nehemiah. 
Jews. 
King. 
Queen. 
Hanani. 
Musiciana 
Servanta 
Ezra. 



SCENE I 



Plagb: a room in the hinges house. Nehemiah 
preparing wine for the king. 

Nehemiah. Strange that I, a Jew, should be the 
trusted servant of the Persian King. It is not 
often true that foreigners, conquered subjects, are 
trusted above the king's own servants. Yet so it 
is with me. Artaxerxes, the king, doth require me 
to prepare his wine and take it to him each day. 
No one else will he permit to prepare the juice, 
lest an enemy should put poison in the glass. The 
king is good to me, but would I were free, that I 
might return to my own land! If only I might 
see the temple which the returned Jews are build- 
ing. Gladly would I do my part, I would work, 
I would suffer, yea, I would be willing to go hun- 
gry if I might but return to my native land. 

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{Enter Hanani and two Jew9. 

Hanami. Ah, brother, we greet you. 

INehemiah goes to meet them. 

Nehemiah. Olad, indeed, am I to see you. Tell 
me, how goes it with our brethren at Jerusalem? 

\^Men look sad, shake heads. 

Hanami. Not very well. 

Nehemiah. What do you mean? 

E<inam. The wall of the city is broken down. 

First Jew. The gates thereof are burned with 
fire. 

Second Jew. The people are in great affliction 
and are becoming discouraged. 

Nehemiah. Would I were with them, but here 
I am, a captive. Oh Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the 
home of my fathers, my native land! 

\_8eats himself, huries head in hands. 

Hanani. Surely there must be help for our peo- 
ple. God can not have forsaken ua 

Nehemiah. {Looking up.'] Think you, that if 
we beseech him most earnestly, he will hear our 
cry? 

First Jew. The people do not seem to know how. 

Second Jew. They have no king. 

Nehemiah. The Lord hath promised to remem- 
ber his people and to bless all who keep his com- 
mandments. 

Hanani. Ah, that may be the cause of our 
trouble. We have often forgotten his command- 
ments. We have not always done the things we 
knew. We have grown discouraged and weak. 
We have waited for God to do the work for us; 

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we have not helped ourselveB; we have not used 
the knowledge and power which he hath given us. 

Nehemiah. Let us pray unto God^ night and 
day, that he will forgive the Children of Israel for 
their neglect and that he will cause them to re- 
member the things which Moses, Joshua and other 
great men have spoken. Betum ye to Jerusalem. 
Bid the people to pray and to work. I will also 
pray that God will hear your prayers and fulfil 
his promise, when he said : If ye transgress I will 
scatter you abroad among the nations: But if ye 
return unto me, and keep my commandments, and 
do them, I will bring you from the uttermost places 
of the earth and set you in the place which I have 
chosen for you. 

Hanani. Yes, let us be going. 

NehenUah. And the bles^g of God go witii 
you. 

Hanani. And may the blessing of God remain 
with you. 

INehemdah in attitude of deep thought. 
[Exewnt Hanani and friends. 

CURTAIN 

SCENE II 

Place : The Mng^s room. King and queen seated 
near each other. Musicians playing for them. 
As music ceases, king speaks to servant. 

King. I would have my wine. Call Nehemiah. 

\_Ewit servant. 
Queen. Thbu art very fond of thy cup-bearer. 

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King. Well I may be for he is faithful and 
trustworthy. Although a captive, he can be 
trusted beyond any of my own people. There is 
something in his face that makes me know he is 
true. 

Qiieen. Thou art indeed fortunate to have even 
one of whom thou art sure. He comes. 

lEnter Nehemiah, Nehemiah on bended knee 
presents the wine to the king. 

King. [Takes glass.^i Why is thy countenance 
sad? Art thou sick? 

Nehemiah. Nay, my lord, thy servant is not 
sick. 

King. Then nothing but sorrow of heart can 
cause thee to look so sad. 

INehemiaJi h&ui}S his head low hut does not 
speak. 

King. Speak. Is aught troubling thee? 

Nehemiah. Let the King live forever; why 
should not my countenance be sad, when the city, 
the place of my fathers' sepulchres, lieth waste and 
the gates thereof are consumed with fire. 

King. For what dost thou make request? 
What can I do for thee? 

Nehemiah. If it please the king and if thy 
servant hath found favor in thy sight, send me 
into Judah, unto the city of my fathers, that I may 
build it. 

King. If I let thee go, wilt thou return unto 
me? 

Nehemiah. When my work is finished or when- 
ever the king shall need me, I will return. 

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Queen. Thou must let him go, else he will 
grieve and grow sick even in thy service. 

King. I can ill spare thee and thy stay must be 
brief. 

Nehemiah. Yes, oh king. 

King. Thou shalt go. Is there any help I can 
give thee for thy journey or for thy work? 

Nehemiah. If it please the king, let letters be 
given me to the governors beyond the Euphrates 
River, telling them to allow me to pass through 
their countries to Judah. 

King. It shall be done. 

Queen. Thou couldst give to him, O king, a 
letter to Asaph, the keeper of the king's forests in 
Judea, that he may give to Nehemiah the wood he 
needs for the gates of the city and for the house 
wherein he shall live. 

King. It shall be, even as thou sayest, O queen. 

Nehemiah. Thou art kind to thy cup-bearer. 

King. Take with thee camels, laden with all the 
things thou dost require. There shall accompany 
thee, soldiers and horsemen, all that is necessary 
for the journey shall be provided. 

Nehemiah. May God reward thee for granting 
thy servant's desire. May peace and prosperity 
be thine. [Exit. 

King. I will go, myself, to see that the letters 
are prepared. 

Qusen. I will go, also. There may be some- 
thing I can do for the king's favorite. 

[Exeunt king and queen. 

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SCENE III 

Plagb : Night, outside wall of Jerusalem. 

Nehemiah and four friends come from dty. 
NeJiemiah leaves friends. Walks along wall 
examining it here and there. 

First Friend. [In low tone."] How strangelj 
Kehemiah acts. 

Second Friend. What is he searching for? 

Third Friend. Why look by night? 

Fourth Friend. Yes, why did he bring ns here 
at night? 

First Friend. I tried to make him tell me his 
plan. 

Others. So did I. 

First Friend. He is returning, perhaps he will 
tell na 

INehemiah joins group. 

Second Friend. Did you find what you were 
seeking? 

Third Friend. Why all this mystery? Tell us 
what you are doing. 

Nehemiah. Let us sit down and I will tell you. 
No one is near ; we shall not be overheard. 

lAll seat themselves. 

Nehemiah. Even while I was in Persia I heard 
of the conditions of Jerusalem, but I wanted to see 
for myself. Now, I know what you have already 
seen. The walls are broken down, the gates are 
burned, the towers are broken and the stones are 
in heaps where they were thrown by the soldiers. 

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One can enter the city at any time and through 
many different openings. There is no protection 
from robbers or enemies. 

Fourth Friend. We all know that. Why bring 
ns out here at night to tell us about it? 

Nehemiah. Listen. I have a plan. We can re- 
build the walls. Artaxerxes will help us. Al- 
ready he has given me a letter to the keeper of 
his forest in Judea^ telling him to allow us to have 
all the wood we need for the gates. My plan is 
to secure a promise from the nobles of the cities, 
from the rulers of the country, from the priests, 
from the merchants, from the goldsmiths, and 
from all the workmen, that each will be responsible 
for a certain part of the wall to rebuild it. Towns 
and cities will do the same. The rich shall build 
the portion of the wall near their own houses; 
every one shall help and we shall see the sheep 
gate, the water gate, the old gate, the valley gate, 
the towers, the fountain, the pool, and the king's 
house rebuilt and made strong once more. Te 
see the distress that we are in, — ^how Jerusalem 
lieth waste, and the gates thereof are burned with 
Are; come, and let us build up the wall of Jeru- 
salem, that we be no more a reproach. 

First Friend. It is a good plan. I believe we 
can do it 

Second Friend. I think so. Let us go into the 
city and on the morrow tell the good news to all 
the people. 

Third Friend. Let us rise up and build. 

Fourth Friend. Yes, let us rise up and build. 

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All. IJoyfiUly.'] Let us rise up and build. 

Nehemiah. The God of Heaven will prosper us : 
therefore we his servants will arise and build* 
CSome, let us return. 

^Exeunt all. 

CURTAIN 

SCENE IV 

Plagb : A street J elevated platform at one side. 

Many people walking and talking together. 
Eanani, Ezra, and Nehemiah near platform. 

Hanani. Thy work is accomplished. The walls 
are rebuilt and once more the people are protected 
from enemies. 

Nehemiah. Tes^ the walls are built and the 
gates made new^ even the towers .are as of old. 
Many were the discouragements *but God hath 
blessed our efforts. 

Eanani. How terrified we were when we heard 
that the Arabians and the Ammonites and all our 
enemies had conspired together to come and fight 
against Jerusalem. 

Ezra. I can see the people now as they stood 
talking together, terrified at the news that the 
enemy was preparing to come against us; I see 
Nehemiah as he walked into the crowd. In- 
stantly the talking ceased; every eye was upon 
him. Nehemiah spoke, and I can hear again his 
voice saying: "Be not ye afraid of them: remem- 
ber the Lord, who is great and terrible ; and fight 

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for your brethren, your sons, your daughters, your 
wives, and your houses. , 

Nehemiah. How brave they were after that! 
Though always watchful, always on guard against 
a sudden attack, I never again saw any of the 
men overcome by fear. 

Hanani. No, not even when we worked with a 
weapon always beside us and with half of the men 
armed and standing behind us holding our spears, 
shields and bows, watching lest the enemy surprise 
us, and listening for the sound of the trumpet 
which was the call for help. 

Ezra. But God brought the counsel of our ene- 
mies to naught and now at last the work is fin- 
ished. 

Nehemiah. And this day we dedicate the wall 
and thou, Ezra, shalt read the law to us. 

[Nehemiah mounts platform. Trumpet 
sounds. 
O magnify the Lord with me and let us exalt his 

name together. 
Let us come before his presence with thanksgiv- 
ing, and make a joyful noise unto him with 
psalms. 
For the Lord is a great God, and a great king above 

all gods. 
Give unto the Lord the glory due unto his name: 
bring an offering and come into his courts 
with thanksgiving. 
All. Praise the Lord, O my soul, and forget 
not all his benefits. 

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Nehemiah. Ezra shall read to us out of the law. 

Ezra. [On platform.'] Hear the word as given 
by Joshua to your fathers : Take diligent heed to 
do the commandment and the law, which Moses, 
the servant of the Lord charged you, to love the 
Lord your God, and to walk in all his ways, and 
to keep his commandments, and to cleave unto him, 
and to serve him with all your hearts and with all 
your souls. 

[People look serums and how their heads. 

Nehemiah. This day is holy unto the Lord, 
neither be ye sorry ; for the joy of the Lord is your 
strength. Go forth unto the mount and fetch 
olive branches, and pine branches and myrtle 
branches, and branches of thick trees and make for 
yourselves booths of green that this day may be a 
festival, a day of pleasure and rejoicing. 

All. We go, we go. 

[Exewnty talking and laughing. Ezra, Hor 
nani, Nehemiah remain. 

Nehemiah. I can hardly believe that our task 
is completed. Come with me, I would walk out 
and view the walls, even as I did on the night of 
my return. Where then I saw holes, open gate- 
ways, broken towers and piles of stones, I shall 
now see a completed wall, new gates and imposing 
towers. I would see it with only you two, my 
faithful friends, as my companions; for through 
all these long months of hardship and discourage- 
ment you have never faltered or grown impatient 
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I God would never do for them what they could do 

I for themselves; and that only as they used the 

i knowledge they had could he really bless them. 

I Let us depart ere they return. 
^ [Exewnt. 

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A NEIGHBOR AND HIS WORK 

Characters : 
Merchant. 
Priest. 
Levite. 

Samaritan (imth bundles). 
Bobbers. 

SCENE I 

Plagb: a road through rough, wild country. 

Chairs and boxes covered with dark mate- 
rial ma/y be used to represent rocks. Ferns, 
growing plants, etc., add to the effect. 

Merchant. [Walking back and forth.^ It is 
good to walk a bit after a long day of riding. The 
good beast will enjoy the rest, too, as he eats his 
meal. It was hard to leave the mother and the 
little ones even for a short time. Yet I must make 
this journey to buy goods. How eagerly the chil- 
dren will watch for my return. They shall not 
be disappointed for I will take a gift for each. 
[Noise from without. Merchant stops, listens."] 
What is that? My beast, has anything happened 
to him? 

[Starts toward eooit. Enter robbers, who run 
and seize the merchant. 

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First Bohher. Hold him. Take oflE his coat. 
Second Robher. Where is your money, speak! 
IRohhers push man to ground^ search him, 
handle him roughly, take coat, hat, htm- 
dies, etc, and depart. After a few seconds 
man moans, repeats moan. 
[Enter Priest, chanting, m^yces slowly across 
platform^, patises before matu 
Priest. Oh, the poor man! Eyidently robbers 
have attacked him. I must hasten. They may be 
near. [Looks about with an expression of fear, 
leaves hurriedly. 

[Man groans more loudly. Enter Levite, 
reading as he walks. Man moa/ns. 
Levite. [Looking up from book.] What is that? 
[Sees man.] Oh, what a looking creature. He 
must be nearly dead I Well, there is nothing I can 
do. I can't be burdened with such as he. I have 
more important things to attend to. He will die 
anyway. [Exit. 

[Man moans, tries to move, falls ba^k. 
Merchant. Oh, oh. 

Sam^iritan. [Outside, speaks to animal.] Well, 
it's about supper time, isn't it, old friend? You 
ought not to be very tired. You have had only 
me to carry to-day, while yesterday you had a 
heavy load. There now, stand still and eat. 
Merchant. Help ! Help ! 

[Enter Sam^iritan. 

Samaritan. Surely I heard a cry for help. 

[Sees m^n.] Ah. [Goes to m,an.] A poor 

wounded Jew. [Takes bandage and bottle from 

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hag, hinds wounds, talking to himself meanwhile.^ 
This is the work of robbers. They have beaten 
him as well as robbed him. Poor fellow^ if I had 
not come this way he might have died. [Lifts man 
on arm, pours liquid through lips.l There, drink! 
It will revive you. [Man opens eyes and looks 
up.l Ah, better already? I'll take you with me. 
My beast is just behind yon rock. 

{Puts man on shoulder and carries him out. 

GUBTAIN 

SCENE II 

Plaob: In front of house. Keeper in doorway, 
Samaritan leaving. 

Samaritan. I am glad to leave him in such good 
hands. Take care of him, give him everything he 
needs. Here is money. [Qives it to keeper. 1 If 
it is not enough, I will repay thee when next I come. 

Keeper. What is the man to thee? 

Samaritan. He is my neighbor. 

Keeper. Shall we not send word to his friends 
that he is safe? It will be a long time before he 
is able to travel. 

Samaritan. I know them not. 

Keeper. You know them not? How sayest 
thou that he is thy neighbor? 

Samaritan. He was in trouble and needed help 
and I was the only person to give it Should I 
have refused to help him because I knew not his 
name? I treated him as I should want to be 

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treated. Take good care of him. I will surely 
return. lEwit. 

Keeper. {Gazing after him.'] Well, well, a 
new definition of neighbor. One who needs our 
help. What a world this would be if we were all 
neighbors ! 

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A GIRL WHO KNEW HOW TO BE A 

FRIEND 

Charactebs: 
Naomi. 
Ruth. 
Orpha. 
Boaz. 
Overseer. 
Reapers. 

SCENE I 

Place : An oriental home. 

Ndomi. It was but a few years ago that I came 
to the land of Moab. I came not alone. With me 
were my husband and my two sons. The famine did 
not reach us here, and for awhile all went well. 
My sons found you {addressing Ruth and Orpha^y 
the women whom they married. Jehovah blessed 
us and filled our lives with joy. But how changed 
is my condition now! The Almighty hath dealt 
hardly with me, my husband and my sons have been 
taken away. Now I have heard that there is food 
in abundance in the homeland. I am going to re- 
turn, that my last days may be spent among the 
friends of my youth and in the land that gave me 
birth. 

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Orpha. Go thou, and we will go with thee, for 
in the day of thy prosperity and in the day of thy 
sorrow have we been with thee. Shall we forsake 
thee now? 

Naomi. Nay, thou shalt not leave thine own 
land. Go, return each of you to your mother's 
home! Jehovah deal kindly with you as ye have 
dealt with the dead and with me. [Embraces 
Ruth and Orpha.} Go and leave me! I will go 
my way alone! 

Ruth. Nay, we will return with thee, 

Naomi. Why wilt thou go? The hand of Je- 
hovah is gone forth against me. Turn, my daugh- 
ters. Tarry ye in the land of Moab. 

[Orpha embraces Naomi and leaves her. 

Naomi. [Addressing Ruth."] Behold, thy sis- 
ter-in-law hath gone back to her people and to 
her gods. Return thou after her. 

Ruth. Entreat me not to leave thee, and to re- 
turn from following after thee, for whither thou 
goest I will go, and where thou lodgest I will 
lodge ; thy people shall be my people, and thy God 
my God; where thou diest, will I die, and there 
will I be buried. Jehovah do so to me and more 
also, if aught but death part thee and me. 

Naomi. Do as seemeth best to thee and may 
Jehovah reward thee. 

[Exewnt Ruth and Naomi. 

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SCENE II 

Place : Field of Bonz. 

Reapers gleaning in "field, singing as they 
work. Overseer in background. Ruth with 
reapers. 

Reaper. Behold our master^ the great Boaz, 
Cometh. 

[Enter Boaz. 

Boaz. Jehovah be with thee. 

All. [Standing upright.^ Jehovah bless thee. 
{Reapers resume work. Boaz walks about, 
sees Ruth, watches her. 

Boaz. [Approaching overseer. 'I Whose dam- 
sel is this? 

Overseer. It is the Moabitish damsel that came 
back with Naomi out of the land of Moab. She 
said, "Let me glean, I pray you, and gather after 
the reapers among the sheaves"; so she came and 
hath continued even from the morning until now. 

Boaz. Let her glean among the sheaves and re- 
proach her not. Also let fall some of the handfuls 
on purpose for her, and leave them that she may 
glean them, and rebuke her not. 

Overseer. It shall be done even as thou sayest. 

[Boaz approaA)hes Ruth. 

Boaz. nearest thou, my daughter. Go not to 
glean in another field, neither go from hence, but 
abide here fast by my maidens. Let thine eyes be 
on the fields that they do reap, and go thou after 
them, for I have charged the youn^ men that they 

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shall not touch thee, and when thou art athirst, 
go unto the vessels and drink of that which the 
young men have drawn. 

Ruth. IBoimng low before Boaz."] Why have 
I found grace in thine eyes, that thou shouldst take 
knowledge of me, seeing I am a stranger? 

Bodz. It hath fully been showed me, all that 
thou hast done unto thy mother-in-law since the 
death of thine husband; and how thou hast left 
thy father and thy mother and the land of thy 
nativity, and art come unto a people which thou 
knewest not heretofore. Jehovah recompense thy 
work and a full reward be given thee of the Lord 
God of Israel, under whose wings thou art come 
to trust 

Ruth. Let me find favor in thy sight, my lord, 
for thou hast comforted me and thou hast spoken 
friendly unto thine handmaid, though I be not like 
unto one of thine handmaidens. 

Boaz. At mealtime come thou hither and eat 
of the bread and of the com prepared for the reap- 
ers. IMoves dway. 

Ruth. He is indeed kind. It is he of whom 
Naomi hath told me. He is her near kinsman. I 
wonde r {Gazes after Boaz.l He is her near 

kinsman. 

Boaz. [Soliloquizing.'] And so she is the 
Moabitess. She is indeed beautiful and kind^ I 
know. Her devotion to Naomi hath proved it, — 
and I am her near kinsman, the nearest who is free 
to marry her. It would please Naomi to have me 
fulfill my obligation. To-morrow I will seek out 

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the women in their home, and oflfer to marry the 

damsel and to care for her and Naomi. This will 

I do, for the Moabitess, Ruth, doth please me. I 

will fulfill my obligation. Jehovah is my witness. 

[Naomi approaches during Boaz^s speech but 

remains unseen in the background. 

Naomi. Ah, I can see that Buth hath found 

favor in the eyes of Boaz. He knoweth the law, that 

if a man die and leave a wife, his nearest of kin 

shall marry her. He will fulfill it and Buth shall 

be his wife and once more rest shall come to our 

household. Thanks be unto Jehovah, who hath not 

left us desolate but hath showed the way to peace. 

Blessed be His Holy name forever and ever. 

CURTAIN 



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A THANKSGIVING SERVICE 

Charagtbrs : 
Mo&es. 
Miriam. 
Group of Israelitea 

SCEN3B I 

Place: In the wilderness. Small groups stand- 
ing talking. Shawls, capes and coats may he 
worn to cover the white dresses needed in 
Scene II. 

[Ifoise in the distance. 

First Speaker. Hark, what is that? 

Second Speaker. Can it be the Egyptians? 

Chorus. The Egyptians ! 

Third Speaker. We bhall all perish here in the 

wilderness. 

Fourth Speaker. Is it for this that we left 

Egypt? 

\2foise increases. 

Chorus. They come! They come! 

Fifth Speaker. Yes, it is the horses and chari- 
ots of Pharaoh. 

Sixth Speaker. His horsemen and his army. 

Chorus. We shall all perish ! 

Seventh Speaker. It would have been better to 
have remained in Egypt than to perish here in the 
wilderness. 

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Eighth Speaker. Where is Moses? 

Chorus. Yes, where is Moses? 

Eighth Speaker. He brought us here. Be- 
cause there were no graves in Egypt, did he take 
us away to die in the wilderness? Wherefore hath 
he dealt thus with us to carry us forth out of 
Egypt? For it had been better for us to serve the 
Egyptians than that we should perish here. 

Chorus. Moses! Moses! 

[Enter Moses. 

Moses. Fear not, stand still and see the salva- 
tion of Jehovah which he will work for you to-day ; 
for the Egyptians whom ye have seen to-day, ye 
shall see them again no more forever. Jehovah 
will fight for you and ye shall hold your peace. [Si- 
lence.'] Hark! I hear a voice. It says: Speak 
unto the children of Israel that they go forward. 
Lift thou up thy rod, and stretch out thy hand over 
the sea, and divide it: and the children of Israel 
shall go into the midst of the sea on dry ground. 
And the Egyptians shall know that I am Jehovah, 
when I have gotten me honor upon Pharaoh, and 
upon his chariots, and upon his horsemen. 

First Speaker. We are saved. 

Second Speaker. Jehovah hath provided a way 
of escape. 

Chorus. Praise be unto his holy name. 

Moses. Come, let us go to the sea and behold 
the wonders which Jehovah shall perform. Let us 
go forward, even as he commanded. 

[Eweunt all, 

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SCENE II 

Time: The following day, on the other side of 

Red Sea. 
Characters same as in Scene I. Girls in white. 

First Speaker. Jehovah did not forget his peo- 
ple. 

Second Speaker. The Eg3rptians perished in the 
sea. 

Third Speaker. Israel is saved. Great is Je- 
hovah ! 

Moses. He hath remembered us in our need. 
He hath saved us from the hand of the enemy. Let 
us give thanks unto him. Let us sing a song of 
praise. 

Miriam. ^Coming to front of platform.] The 
women of Israel would sing with thee, oh, my 
brother. Listen unto our song. 

Women. [C/mnt.] 
Sing ye to Jehovah for he hath triumphed glori- 
ously. 
The horse and the riders hath he thrown into the 
sea. 

Miriam. ^Accompanied hy low mtisic of violin, 
played behind scene.] 
Jehovah is my strength and song 
And he is become my salvation. 
He is my God, and I will praise Him, 
My father's God and I will exalt Him, 
Pharaoh's chariots and his host hath he cast into 
the sea; 

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And his chosen captains are sunk ii. the Bed SeaL 

The deep cover them. 

They went down into the depths like a stone. 
All. IChant.l 

Sing ye to Jehovah for he hath triumphed glori- 
ously. 

The horse and the rider hath he thrown into the 
sea. 
Miriam, 

Thy right hand^ O Jehovah, is glorious in power. 

Thy right hand, O Jehovah, dasheth in pieces the 
enemy. 

With the blast of thy nostrils the waters were piled 
up. 

The floods stood upright as a heap ; 

The deeps were congealed in the heart of the sea. 

The enemy said: 

"I will pursue, I will overtake, I will divide the 
spoil." 

Thou didst blow with thy wind, the sea covered 
them. 

They sank as lead in the mighty waters. 
All. [Chant] 

Sing ye to Jehovah for he hath triumphed glori- 
ously. 

The horse and the rider hath he thrown into the 
sea. 
Miriam. 

Who is like unto thee, O Jehovah, among the gods? 

Who is like thee, glorious in holiness ! 

Fearful in praises, doing wonders ! 

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Thou in thy loving-kindness hath led the people 

that thou hath redeemed! 

Thou hast guided them in thy strength to thy holy 

habitatiop. 

Jehovah shall reign forever and ever! 

lAll the girls with Miriam fall to their knees. 

Women. 

Jehovah shall reign forever and ever. 

Moses, \_Raising his hands towa/rd h6aven,'\ 

Hear our song, O Jehovah, accept the thanks of thy 

people for their merciful deliverance. 

Women. 
Jehovah shall reign forever and ever, 

OUBTAIN 



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THE FIRST CHRISTMAS 

Chabactbbs : 
Three Wise Men. 
Mary. 
Jofseph. 
Voice. 

SCENE I 

TiMB : Night. Three Wise Men talking together. 

First Wise Man. Think you that we shall see 
the star to-night? 

Second Wise Man. It is time for it to appear. 

Long have we watched and waited for its coming. 

Third Wise Man. Never were the stars so bright 

as to-night. Look at that large one in the east. 

Is it not different from others. 

\_All look. If desired, a star may he repre- 
sented hy placing an electric light under a 
paper star. 
First Wise Man. Its radiance is nnlike that of 
the other stars. 

Second Wise Man. It is moving. 
Third Wise Man. Can it be the Star that is to 
herald the birth of the king? 

Second Wise Man. It is written, and thou Beth- 
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the princes of Judah : for out of thee shall come a 
governor that shall rule my people Israel. The 
Star certainly moves. Let us follow it. 

First Wise Man. Let us seek the king. 

Second and Third Wise Man. Yes, let us seek 
the king. [Exewnt all. 

CURTAIN 

SCENE II 

Flacb : A stable, vnth door ajar. 

[Enter Three Wise Men. 
First Wise Man. Can this be the place? 
Second Wise Man. It was strange that Herod 
did not know where the king was to be bom. 

Third Wise Man. He could only send us to 
Bethlehem, and that he knew because it was told 
by the prophets. 

Second Wise Man. Surely the star has ceased 
to move and is shining on yon building. 
First and Third Wise Men. It is ! It is ! 

[Singing in the distance. Any appropriate 
Christmas hymn. 
First Wise Man. Let us enter. 

[All go into building. Through the open door 

may be seen in the far corner of the room, a 

manger, from which a light is shining. 

Standing near are Joseph and Mary. 

First Wise Man. Where is he that is bom King 

of the Jews, for we have seen his star in the east, 

and are come to worship him. 

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Joseph. Come near and behold him. 

[Jfen approach manger, fall on knees. 
Mary. 
My soul doth magnify the Lord, 
And my spirit hath rejoiced in Gk)d my Saviour. 
For he hath looked upon the low estate of his 

handsmaid. 
For behold, from henceforth all generations shall 
call me blessed. 

[Wise Men rise and present gifts to Mary a/nd 
Joseph. 
Second Wise Man. We would make a gift unto 
our king. We have each brought our best 
First Wise man. I bring gold. 
Second Wise Man. I bring frankincense. 
Third Wise Man. And I bring myrrh. 
Joseph. For all your gifts the king will have 
need. 

[As wise men reach the entrance of room, they 
pause and look toward the manger. 
First Wise Man. The holy child! Long shall 
this night be remembered. 

[Wise men outside the stable. 
First Wise Man. It is indeed the king. 
Second Wise Man. Didst thou feel the presence 
of the angels as we knelt before the child? 

Third Wise Man. Our gifts seemed so small 
even though we brought our best. 

Second Wise Man. Our search has been re- 
warded. We have seen the young child and his 
mother. 

Third Wise Man. He is indeed the Messiah. 

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