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Henry Charles Beeching, ed. (1859–1919). Lyra Sacra: A Book of Religious Verse. 1903.

By John Donne (1573–1631)

Christ the Judge

WHAT if this present were the world’s last night?
Mark in my heart, O Soul, where thou dost dwell,
The picture of Christ crucified, and tell
Whether His countenance can thee affright?
Tears in His eyes quench the amazing light;        5
Blood fills His frowns which from His pierced head fell.
And can that tongue adjudge thee unto hell
Which prayed forgiveness for His foes’ fierce spite?