Et post missam dixit iudeus / And after whan masse was done / the iew said to the cristen man / Si ego tantum edissem quantum tu comedisti non esuriem vtputo in tribus diebus / Yf I hadde eten as moche as thou haste eten / I sholde not be a hungred
/ as I trow in thre dayes / And thenne sayd the cristen man to the iew / Uere nichil comedi.
The inscriptions based on Matthew 25:35-36 written within the descending sequence of three pairs of medallions, each pair read left to right, are as follows: "Exur[i]vi (sic) & dedistis m[ihi] ma[n]ducare" ("I was an hungred, and ye gave me to eat"); "Sitivi et dedistis mic[h]i bibere" ("I was thirsty, and ye gave me to drink"); "Hospe[s] era[m] & collegistis me" ("I was a stranger, and ye took me in"); "Nudus eram [et] operuistis me" ("I was naked, [and] ye covered me"); "Infirmus errm (sic) & visitastis me" ("I was sick, and ye visited me"); and "In carc[ere] eram & venisti[s] ad me" ("I was in prison, and ye came unto me").
Chew, in his The Virtues Reconciled: An Iconographie Study (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1947), 104, observed with considerable insight that at the time of His pronouncement in Matthew 25:35-36, Christ could not have been a recipient of the seventh work of mercy as He claimed to be of the other six ("I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat.
Well, it's all there in the Gospel wot I wrote and it goes something like this: 'And when he had fasted 40 days and 40 nights he was afterwards an hungred.
Then again, who wouldn't be hungered or even an hungred after 40 days and nights without so much as a spoonful of honey and a couple of deep-fried locusts?
He was talking one day to his disciples, and when they asked how to live, he congratulated them: "For I was an hungred
, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.
197), recalls Christ's words that ministering to anyone "an hungred
, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison" (Matt.
Proctor, quoting from the familiar King James Version of this passage, comments: "And yet Jesus, in simple charity, gave us the bottom line: 'I was an hungred
and ye gave me meat; I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink; I was stranger, and ye took me in; Naked, and ye clothed me; I was sick, and ye visited me; I was in prison, and ye came unto me.
And when he had fasted 40 days and 40 nights, he was afterward an hungred