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W. Garrett Horder, comp.  The Poets’ Bible: New Testament.  1895.
 
The Look
Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806–1861)
 
THE SAVIOUR looked on Peter. Ay, no word,
No gesture of reproach; the Heavens serene
Though heavy with armed justice, did not lean
Their thunders that way: the forsaken Lord
Looked only on the traitor. None record        5
What that look was, none guess; for those who have seen
Wronged lovers loving through a death-pang keen,
Or pale-cheeked martyrs smiling to a sword,
Have missed Jehovah at the judgment-call.
And Peter, from the height of blasphemy—        10
“I never knew this man”—did quail and fall,
As knowing straight THAT GOD; and turnëd free
And went out speechless from the face of all,
And filled the silence, weeping, bitterly.
 
 
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