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Alfred H. Miles, ed.  The Sacred Poets of the Nineteenth Century.  1907.
 
Songs of Day and Night.
IX. If It Be Possible
By Alexander B. Grosart (1835–1899)
 
St. Matt. xxvi. 39.

I MAY not tread Gethsemane,
I may not share Thy agony,
  O Jesus Christ my Saviour!
Yet hear me, Lord, Thy prayer I pray,
As I am fainting on my way,        5
  O Jesus Christ my Saviour!
 
Darkness around me thick enfolds,
A “cup of trembling” my hand holds,
  O Jesus Christ my Saviour!
Forgive me, O forgive my cry,        10
“If it be possible, pass it by,”
  O Jesus Christ my Saviour!
 
My “little one” Thou lovest is sick,
And hour by hour he grows more weak,
  O Jesus Christ my Saviour!        15
I mark the thinning of his face,
And awful lines upon him trace,
  O Jesus Christ my Saviour!
 
This is the cup to me Thou’rt reaching,
Lord, hear me in my poor beseeching,        20
  O Jesus Christ my Saviour!
“If it be possible,” spare him, Lord;
Speak Thou ev’n now the healing word,
  O Jesus Christ my Saviour!
 
We gave him to Thee in our vow,        25
Thy name was nam’d upon his brow,
  O Jesus Christ my Saviour!
Life is a great gift; I would fain
Have him a MAN for Thee to train,
  O Jesus Christ my Saviour!        30
 
“Yet not my will but Thine be done,”—
Alas! alas! my little son,—
  O Jesus Christ my Saviour!
My heart is sore; I can but sigh—
“If it be possible,” hear my cry,        35
  O Jesus Christ my Saviour!
 
 
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