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

The Woman Who Came Behind Him in the Crowd

Arthur Middlemore Morgan

‘Ye hypocrites, well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying, This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.’—MATT. XV. 7, 8.

‘OH, dost Thou ask who touched Thy garment? Oh,

Sweet Master, hast Thou not turned back, and viewed

How round Thee throng and press the multitude?

And would’st Thou still from voices answer flow?’

‘Not all who throng and press for Mine I know;

But trembling, falling, one now Mine draws near,

To tell of garment touched and ended woe,

The things she sought not, nor has heard, to hear;

Things present, things to come, her deeds revealing,

The fount of sin whose flowing none may stay,

Till breaks on Calvary the Fount of Healing,

All wounds to stanch, all tears to wipe away.

This Flesh, My Garment, feels but faith’s right hand;

Ah: many near Its hem, unhealed will stand.’