Verse > Anthologies > W. Garrett Horder, ed. > The Poets’ Bible: New Testament
W. Garrett Horder, comp.  The Poets’ Bible: New Testament.  1895.
John the Baptist
Frederick W. H. Myers (1843–1901)
ALSO of John a calling and a crying
Rang in Bethabara till strength was spent,
Cared not for counsel, stayed not for replying,
John had one message for the world—Repent.
John, than which man a sadder or a greater        5
Not till this day has been of woman born;
John, like some iron peak by the Creator
Fired with the red glow of the rushing morn.
Thus, when the sun shall rise and overcome it;
Stands in his shining desolate and bare,        10
Yet not the less the inexorable summit
Flamed him his signal to the upper air.
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