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Nicholson & Lee, eds.  The Oxford Book of English Mystical Verse. 1917.
  
205. Christ and the Pagan
By John Bannister Tabb  (1845–1909)
  
I HAD no God but these,
  The sacerdotal Trees,
And they uplifted me.
‘I hung upon a Tree.’
 
The sun and moon I saw,        5
And reverential awe
Subdued me day and night.
‘I am the perfect Light.’
 
Within a lifeless Stone—
All other gods unknown—       10
I sought Divinity.
‘The Corner-Stone am I.’
 
For sacrificial feast,
I slaughtered man and beast,
Red recompense to gain.       15
‘So I, a Lamb, was slain.
 
‘Yea; such My hungering Grace
That wheresoe’er My face
Is hidden, none may grope
Beyond eternal Hope.’       20

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