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W. Garrett Horder, comp.  The Poets’ Bible: New Testament.  1895.
 
“Father! forgive Them”
George Daniel
 
LUKE XXIII. 34.

WHEN they scourged, and mocked, and bound Him,
  And the Blood upon His Brow
Flowed from every thorn that crowned Him,
  Christ His Head did lowly bow;
And this dying Prayer to Heaven,        5
  Love from His Compassion drew—
Let them, FATHER, be forgiven,
  For they know not what they do.
 
When with wrath my Spirit burning,
  I would wrong with wrong repay,        10
Lord to Thy example turning
  My resentment dies away.
Ere for pardon I implore Thee
  Must my foe forgiven be;
Or shall I in vain before Thee        15
  Breathe my prayer and bend my knee.
 
 
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