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

Mary’s Gift

George Thomas Coster (1835–1912)

IT was her best, and yet how poor

That cruise of spikenard sweet and rare!

She entered in at Simon’s door

With trembling, though familiar there.

What could she give to Him whose call

Had brought her brother back from death?

It was her best, yet poor and small

For Him, the Lord of pulse and breath!

He took the fragrant gift: a wreath

Of praise He twined about her name.

It lit for Him the cave of Death:

“Against my burial she came!”