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W. Garrett Horder, comp.  The Poets’ Bible: New Testament.  1895.
 
The Two Thieves
Dora Greenwell (1821–1882)
 
BENEATH thy Cross I stand
  Jesus, my Saviour, turn and look on me:
Oh, who are these that on either hand
  Are crucified with Thee.
 
The one that turns away        5
  With sullen scoffing lip, and one whose eyes
Close o’er the words,—“Yet shalt thou be this day
  With Me in Paradise.”
 
Here would I fain behold
  This twofold Mystery; Love’s battle won,        10
Its warfare ended, and its ransom told,
  Its conquest but begun.
 
I say not to Thee now—
  Come from the Cross, and then I will believe:
Oh, lift me to Thee, and teach me how        15
  To love and how to grieve.
 
I tracked Thy Footsteps long,
  For where Thou wert, there would Thy Servant be;
But now methought the silence, now the throng
  Would part me still from Thee.        20
 
I sought Thee ’mid the leaves,
  I found Thee on the dry and blasted Tree;
I saw Thee not until I saw the Thieves
  There crucified with Thee.
 
 
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