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

The Tomb of Joseph

Archer Gurney (1820–1887)

SEE! Joseph comes with spices’ store;

See Nicodemus aid:

They gaze upon their Lord once more,

While daylight’s rays do fade.

With pious haste and pious awe

They soon their task complete;

From those blest Hands the nails they draw,

And free those sacred Feet.

Then down the Blessed Form they bear,

And low on earth do lay,

And weeping bend in silent prayer,

Yet scarce for tears can pray.

Now, see that gracious company,

The Maries, true S. John,

And those twain Lords of high degree,

Who raise and bear Him on.

They bear Him to the new hewn Tomb:

There down their Lord they set;

And leave Him in that sacred gloom

Their Lord, their Saviour yet.

O silent tears! O sighs of pain!

How flowed ye fast and free:

For them, for us, the Lamb was slain

To all Eternity.