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W. Garrett Horder, comp.  The Poets’ Bible: New Testament.  1895.
 
The Temptation
Richard Chenevix Trench (1807–1886)
 
WHEN man was foiled in Paradise, he fell
From that fair spot, thenceforward to confess
The barren and the thorny wilderness
Was the one place where he had right to dwell.
And therefore in the wilderness as well        5
The second Adam did that strife decide,
And those closed gates again set open wide,
Victorious o’er the wiles and strength of hell.
Thou wentest to the proof, O fearless Lord.
Even to the desert as thy battlefield,        10
A champion going of his free accord:
We had no fears, for unlike him of old,
Who lost that battle for us, thou did’st wield
Arms of unearthly temper, heavenly mould.
 
 
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