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Alfred H. Miles, ed.  The Sacred Poets of the Nineteenth Century.  1907.
IV. Martha and Mary
By Aubrey de Vere (1814–1902)
“O SISTER! leave you thus undone
  The bidding of the Lord;
Or call you this a welcome? Run
  And deck with me the board.”
Thus Martha spake: but spake to one        5
  Who answered not a word:
                For she kept ever singing,
                  “There is no joy so sweet,
                As musing upon one we love
                  And sitting at His feet!”        10
“O Sister! must thy hands alone
  His board and bath prepare?
His eyes are on you! raise your own:
  He’ll find a welcome there!”
Thus spake again, in loftier tone,        15
  That Hebrew woman fair.
                But Mary still kept singing,
                  “There is no joy so sweet,
                As musing upon Him we love
                  And resting at His feet.”        20

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