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

Thomas with the Ten

Herbert Kynaston (1809–1878)

JOHN XX. 26–29.

O ENTER then the Temple, when

The Lord still passes in;

The one without was first to doubt,

The blessing last to win.

O cruel! must thy hand be thrust

Thy source of Life so near;

Thy Lord assail, hard as the nail,

Unkinder than the spear?

Yet, see, He comes with Peace again

With only Peace to all;

No breathing now upon the brow

Where soon the fire shall fall:

Scarce will that eye, His wounds descry,

No hand he now extends;

How should that flesh be probed afresh,

Here, in the house of friends?

So now, thy Lord, thy God confess,

Believe and worship, too,

And first adore,—yet they have more

Who deem the witness true.

Thy faith has seen but what was seen,—

Blest they who still believe

What eye nor ear shall see or hear,

Nor heart of man conceive.

O, in my body, not in Thine

Lord Jesus let me see

The blessed marks of love divine,

Which Thou hast borne for me;

Compunction sweet on hands and feet,

The pierced, the open heart;

Or e’er, without one faithless doubt,

I see Thee as Thou art.