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W. Garrett Horder, comp.  The Poets’ Bible: New Testament.  1895.
The Betrayal
Matthew Bridges (1800–1894)
COLD is the wind, the scene is drear,
No ray of comfort can appear
  For Him who comforts all:
Angels reluctant fold their plumes
As the great Foe his post assumes        5
  Upon the field to fall.
Yet some brief triumph is at hand,
Such as the Serpent may command
  To bruise Emmanuel’s Heel;
And through the centre of His Heart        10
Send, dipt in poison, many a dart,
  He bitterly must feel.
For, lo! o’er Cedron’s shallow stream,
See how those lurid torches gleam
  In fitful streaks of light:        15
Weapons of war are glittering there,
The sword that knows not how to spare
  Either by day or night.
And one before the rest advances
Just as a Demon, when he glances        20
  Upon some spotless prey:
And clothes himself in gentle form,
Lest, prescient of the coming storm,
  The prize should pass away.
O meek Redeemer, dost Thou move        25
To meet the Traitor, and reprove
  That execrable kiss?
Yielding Thyself for sinful man,
Whose life on earth is but a span—
  Was ever Love like this?        30
Alas! for me the guilt is mine
Whene’er against Thy will benign
  My treacherous heart hath stood:
Mine are the lips that have betrayed,
Mine is the debt which must be paid        35
  With Groans, and Tears, and Blood.

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