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W. Garrett Horder, comp.  The Poets’ Bible: New Testament.  1895.
The Fulness of the Times
Walter Chalmers Smith (1824–1908)
‘When the fulness of the times was come, God sent forth His Son made of a woman.’—GAL. IV. 4.

EARTH was waiting spent and restless,
  With a mingled hope and fear;
And the faithful few were sighing,
  ‘Surely, Lord, the day is near;
The Desire of all the nations,        5
  It is time He should appear?’
Still the gods were in the temples,
  But the ancient faith had fled;
And the priests stood by their altars,
  Only for a piece of bread;        10
And the oracles were silent,
  And the prophets all were dead.
In the sacred courts of Zion,
  Where the Lord had His abode,
There the money-changers trafficked        15
  And the sheep and oxen trod;
And the world, because of wisdom,
  Knew not either Lord or God.
Then the spirit of the Highest
  On a Virgin meek came down,        20
And He burdened her with blessing,
  And He pained her with renown;
For she bare the Lord’s Anointed
  For His cross and for His crown.
Earth for Him had groaned and travailed        25
  Since the ages first began;
For in Him was hid the secret
  That through all the ages ran—
Son of Mary, Son of David,
  Son of God, and Son of Man.        30

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