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W. Garrett Horder, comp.  The Poets’ Bible: New Testament.  1895.
“The Young Ruler”
George Alexander Chadwick (1840–1923)
AND this was all for which thy wealth sufficed,
With a sad heart to turn away from Christ,
To gaze on splendours with a secret pain,
To toss upon thy gorgeous couch in vain—
Fevered and sleepless for the words He said,        5
Who had not where to lay His tranquil head—
Now in the darkness flame His eyes, who saw
Thro’ all thy virtues that undreamed-of flaw,
And the calm voice thou never shalt forget
Tells in the silence what thou lackest yet:—        10
Ah, smoother were thy brows, thine eyes less dim,
Hadst thou forsaken all and followed Him.

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