The woman broke the flask of alabaster
And with a gesture lovingly instinctive
Poured out the precious nard upon the Master.
Because His glory passed their comprehension
Since they embraced an older dispensation
The woman's tender deed evoked dissension
From even those selected from the nation.
Because her action proved she apprehended
The way He went and answered His affection
He spoke as her Defender and commended
Her deed as right for constant recollection.
Lord help us in our deeds as we aspire
To answer to Thyself and Thy desire!