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W. Garrett Horder, comp.  The Poets’ Bible: New Testament.  1895.
 
For the Baptiste
William Drummond of Hawthornden (1585–1649)
 
THE LAST and greatest herald of heaven’s King,
  Girt with rough skins, hies to the desart wild;
Among that savage brood the woods forth bring,
  Which he more harmless found than man, and mild.
His food was locusts, and what there doth spring,        5
  With honey that from virgin hives distill’d:
Parch’d body, hollow eyes, some uncouth thing
  Made him appear, long since from earth exil’d.
There burst he forth. ‘All ye whose hopes rely
On God, with me amidst these desarts mourn;        10
Repent, repent, and from old errors turn.’
 
Who listen’d to his voice, obey’d his cry?
Only the Echoes, which he made relent,
Rung from their flinty caves ‘Repent, repent.’
 
 
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