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

With a Prayer

Alexander Smith (1830–1867)

WITH a prayer

For him who pierced His body with the spear,

For him who tore His temples with the thorns,

For him who mocked His thirst with vinegar,

The Lord Christ bleeding bowed His head and died

And by that dying did He wash earth white

From murders, battles, lies, ill deeds, and took

Remorse away that feeds upon the heart

Like slow fire on a brand. From grave he burst;

Death could not hold Him, and ere many days

Before the eyes of those that did Him love

He passed up through yon ocean of blue air

Unto the heaven of heavens, whence He came.

And there He sits this moment man and God;

Strong as a God, flesh-hearted as a man,

And all the uncreated light confronts

With eye-lids that have known the touch of tears.