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Alfred H. Miles, ed.  The Sacred Poets of the Nineteenth Century.  1907.
 
Amenophis and Other Poems (1892).
II. An Incident at Mendrisio
By Francis Turner Palgrave (1824–1897)
 
April 23, 1886
[Greek]

IT was the Day, the sad, the good,
  The Day thrice-blest, when He,
The Love uniting God with Man,
    Hung on the Tree:—
 
And where within the transept wide        5
  A vacant space was made,
With reverent touch the village hands
    His Image laid;
 
Not such as old Donato wrought:
  Yet this rude craftsman’s heart        10
With deeper passion stamp’d the wood
    Than finer art.
 
And all the Italian throng was there,
  Bronze-wrinkled crone, and maid,
Fathers with sons; the lame, the blind,        15
    Where Christ was laid.
 
They knelt for prayer; they kiss’d for love
  Their Saviour’s riven Side,
The Hands, the Feet, the bleeding Heart
    For us Who died.        20
 
But in the throng what part has she,
  The little maiden sweet,
Who climbs and trembles to the Cross
    With fervent feet?
 
Like her, the Blessèd Virgin Child        25
  Who clomb the Temple-stair,
God given, given back to God,
    Pure, sacred, fair.
 
—With kisses fast and close, herself
  Upon the Face she throws;        30
The innocent breath with love is warm,
    Sweet as the rose.
 
Ah, darling! though thine infant heart
  Outrun thy knowledge dim,
E’en on God’s throne that eager love        35
    Is dear to Him.
 
 
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