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

The Temptation

Richard Chenevix Trench (1807–1886)

WHEN man was foiled in Paradise, he fell

From that fair spot, thenceforward to confess

The barren and the thorny wilderness

Was the one place where he had right to dwell.

And therefore in the wilderness as well

The second Adam did that strife decide,

And those closed gates again set open wide,

Victorious o’er the wiles and strength of hell.

Thou wentest to the proof, O fearless Lord.

Even to the desert as thy battlefield,

A champion going of his free accord:

We had no fears, for unlike him of old,

Who lost that battle for us, thou did’st wield

Arms of unearthly temper, heavenly mould.