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W. Garrett Horder, comp.  The Poets’ Bible: New Testament.  1895.
 
The Two Sayings
Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806–1861)
 
TWO sayings of the Holy Scriptures beat
Like pulses in the church’s brow and breast;
And by them we find rest in our unrest,
And, heart-deep in salt tears, do yet entreat,
God’s fellowship as if on heavenly seat.        5
The first is JESUS WEPT,—whereon is prest
Full many a sobbing face that drops its best
And sweetest waters on the record sweet:
And one is where the Christ, denied and scorned,
LOOKED UPON PETER. Oh, to render plain,        10
By help of having loved a little and mourned,
That look of sovran love and sovran pain
Which He, who could not sin yet suffered, turned
On him who could reject but not sustain!
 
 
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