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

Saul the Persecutor Journeying to Damascus

Thomas Roscoe (1791–1871)

WHOSE is that sword—that voice and eye of flame—

That heart of inextinguishable ire?

Who bears the dungeon keys, and bonds, and fire?

Along his dark and withering path he came—

Death in his looks, and terror in his name,

Tempting the might of heaven’s eternal Sire.

Lo! The light shone!—the sun’s veiled beams expire—

A Saviour’s self a Saviour’s lips proclaim!

Whose is yon form, stretched on the earth’s cold bed,

With smitten soul and tears of agony,

Mourning the past? Bowed is the lofty head—

Rayless the orbs that flashed with victory.

Over the raging waves of human will

The Saviour’s spirit walked—and all was still.