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Arthur Quiller-Couch, comp.  The Oxford Book of Victorian Verse.  1922.
 
Love’s Cosmopolitan
By Annie Matheson (1853–1924)
 
(A Sonnet Dedicated to London’s Cathedral of Saint Paul the Tentmaker)

APOSTLE, citizen, and artisan!
  About thy vast cathedral, through the street
  Is hurrying tramp of multitudinous feet;
But far within, for many a homeless man
Thy shrine is home, where, for a passing span,        5
  Cool silence stills the heart’s tumultuous beat:
  Before the altar he may rest and eat
Who has not broken bread since day began.
 
Thou who didst glory in the uplifted cross
  Whereby ascended Love, self-sacrificed,        10
    Draws all men near, and heart to heart a few,
Thou who didst count the world for love but loss,
  Hail, chosen servant of the risen Christ,
    Ambassador of God, great-hearted Jew!
 
 
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