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W. Garrett Horder, comp.  The Poets’ Bible: New Testament.  1895.
Pilate’s Wife
George MacDonald (1824–1905)
WHY came in dreams the low-born man,
  Between thee and thy rest;
For vain thy whispered message ran,
  Though justice was thy quest?
Did some young ignorant angel dare—        5
  Not knowing what must be,
Or blind with agony of care—
  To fly for help to thee?
It may be. Rather I believe,
  Thou, nobler than thy spouse,        10
The rumoured grandeur did’st receive,
  And sit with pondering brows,
Until thy maidens’ gathered tale
  With possible marvel teems:
Thou sleepest, and the prisoner pale        15
  Returneth in thy dreams.
Well mightst thou suffer things not few
  For his sake all the night!
In pale eclipse he suffers, who
  Is of the world the light.        20
Precious it were to know thy dream
  Of such a one as he!
Perhaps of him we, waking, deem
  As poor a verity.

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