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W. Garrett Horder, comp. The Poets’ Bible: New Testament. 1895.

Christ Coming Forth from the Tomb

Thomas Toke Lynch (1818–1871)

COME forth with twice anointed feet,

And head that waits a second crown,

Thou art more living than the love

Of those who gently laid Thee down!

Pain is their life, thy grave their cross,

They grieve, they sigh, they faint for Thee;

Come forth, and make time’s bitterest loss

The joy of their eternity.

Sinner and saint have loved Thee well;

With ointment pure and purer yet,

They have anointed Thee, thy feet

With heaviest rain of tears were wet:

The sinner wept away her sins,

The saint held cheap her costly gift;

Arise, Thou lover of both, and each

To heaven and higher heaven lift.

Crowned but with thorns, thy timid friends

Who found Thee where to lay thy head,

From secret into open love

Arose at once when Thou wert dead;

With blood-anointed brow come forth,

And wear thy shining second crown;

Then into gentleness shall rise

The world that roughly cast Thee down.