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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Asia: Vols. XXI–XXIII.  1876–79.
Syria: Magdala
Mary Magdalene
Thomas Moore (1779–1852)
WERE not the sinful Mary’s tears
  An offering worthy heaven,
When o’er the faults of former years
  She wept,—and was forgiven?
When, bringing every balmy sweet        5
  Her day of luxury stored,
She o’er her Saviour’s hallowed feet
  The precious perfumes poured;
And wiped them with that golden hair
  Where once the diamond shone,        10
Though now those gems of grief were there
  Which shine for God alone!
Were not those sweets so humbly shed,
  That hair, those weeping eyes,
And the sunk heart, that inly bled,        15
  Heaven’s noblest sacrifice?
Thou that hast slept in error’s sleep,
  O, wouldst thou wake in heaven,
Like Mary kneel, like Mary weep,
  Love much,—and be forgiven!        20

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