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

“Jesus Wept”

William Michael Rossetti (1829–1919)

MARY rose up as one in sleep might rise,

And went to meet her brother’s friend: and they

Who tarried with her said, “She goes to pray,

And weep again where Lazarus’ body lies.”

And so with hard-wrung hands and so with sighs

They stood before him on the public way.

“Hadst Thou been with him, Lord, upon that day

He had not died,” she said, drooping her eyes.

Mary and Martha with bowed faces kept

Holding on either side his garments. “Where

Have ye laid him?” He asked. “Lord, come and see.”

The sound of grieving voices heavily

And universally was round him there,

A sound to smite the spirit. Jesus wept.