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

The Resurrection

Tommaso Campanella (1568–1639)

Translated by J. A. Symonds

IF Christ was only six hours crucified

After few years of toil and misery,

Which for mankind He suffered willingly,

While heaven was won for ever when He died;

Why should He still be shown on every side,

Painted and preached in nought but agony,

Whose pains were light matched with His victory,

When the world’s power to harm Him was defied?

Why rather speak and write not of the realm

He rules in heaven, and soon will bring below

Unto the praise and glory of His name.

Ah, foolish crowd! This world’s thick vapours whelm

Your eyes, unworthy of that glorious show,

Blind to His splendour, bent upon His shame.