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W. Garrett Horder, comp.  The Poets’ Bible: New Testament.  1895.
 
For the Holy Family
Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828–1882)
 
  TURN 1 not the prophet’s page, O Son! He knew
    All that thou hast to suffer, and hath writ.
    Not yet thine hour of knowledge. Infinite
  The sorrows that thy manhood’s lot must rue,
  And dire acquaintance of thy grief. That clue        5
    The spirits of thy mournful ministerings
    Seek through yon scroll in silence. For these things
  The angels have desired to look into.
 
  Still before Eden waves the fiery sword,—
    Her Tree of Life unransomed: whose sad Tree        10
    Of Knowledge yet to growth of Calvary
Must yield its Tempter,—Hell the earliest dead
  Of Earth resign,—and yet, O Son and Lord,
The seed o’ the woman bruise the serpent’s head.
 
Note 1. For the picture by Michael Angelo. In this picture the Virgin Mother is seen witholding from the Child Saviour the prophetic writings in which his sufferings are foretold. Angelic figures beside them examine a scroll. [back]
 
 
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