Verse > Anthologies > The Oxford Book of English Mystical Verse > 73. Melchizedek
Nicholson & Lee, eds.  The Oxford Book of English Mystical Verse. 1917.
73. Melchizedek
By John Henry, Cardinal Newman  (1801–1890)
Without father, without mother, without descent; having neither beginning of days, nor end of life.

  THRICE bless’d are they, who feel their loneliness;
    To whom nor voice of friends nor pleasant scene
  Brings that on which the sadden’d heart can lean;
Yea, the rich earth, garb’d in her daintiest dress
Of light and joy, doth but the more oppress,        5
  Claiming responsive smiles and rapture high;
  Till, sick at heart, beyond the veil they fly,
Seeking His Presence, who alone can bless.
Such, in strange days, the weapons of Heaven’s grace;
When, passing o’er the high-born Hebrew line,       10
He forms the vessel of His vast design;
Fatherless, homeless, reft of age and place,
Sever’d from earth, and careless of its wreck,
Born through long woe His rare Melchizedek.



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