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

Christ retiring to Bethany

Arthur Middlemore Morgan

‘In the daytime He was teaching in the temple; and at night He went out and abode in the mount that is called the Mount of Olives?’—LUKE XXI. 37.

‘He went out of the city into Bethany; and He lodged there.’—MATT. XXI. 17.

PIERCED ere My hour by shafts of death and sin,

Ill words, revealing ambushed enemy;

Crowned ere My hour with souls who mine would be,

I work all day the city walls within.

But when the sun sets and the stars begin

To light His path Who taught their orbs to glow,

I pass the gates; I leave the strife and din,

And to my friends beneath the hill I go;

One whom I wakened from his four-day sleeping,

One whom I raised from sev’nfold death, and one

Who household vigils round the Master keeping

Leaves not her sister now to list alone.

Sweet human love! I taste thy joys at even,

At dawn I go away to make them heaven.