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W. Garrett Horder, comp.  The Poets’ Bible: New Testament.  1895.
Christ retiring to Bethany
Arthur Middlemore Morgan
‘In the daytime He was teaching in the temple; and at night He went out and abode in the mount that is called the Mount of Olives?’—LUKE XXI. 37.

‘He went out of the city into Bethany; and He lodged there.’—MATT. XXI. 17.

PIERCED ere My hour by shafts of death and sin,
Ill words, revealing ambushed enemy;
Crowned ere My hour with souls who mine would be,
I work all day the city walls within.
But when the sun sets and the stars begin        5
To light His path Who taught their orbs to glow,
I pass the gates; I leave the strife and din,
And to my friends beneath the hill I go;
One whom I wakened from his four-day sleeping,
One whom I raised from sev’nfold death, and one        10
Who household vigils round the Master keeping
Leaves not her sister now to list alone.
Sweet human love! I taste thy joys at even,
At dawn I go away to make them heaven.

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