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W. Garrett Horder, comp.  The Poets’ Bible: New Testament.  1895.
“My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me?”
Cecilia Mary Caddell (1813?–1877)

THOUSANDS have felt Thy healing Power,
  Thousands from Thee their lives have taken,
And can it be that in Thine hour
  Of utmost need Thou art forsaken?
Forsaken! oh, what Grief and Love        5
  That Word expresses in Thy Tongue—
Thou! in Thy Godhead Bright above—
  And thus on earth by Sorrow wrung.
Infinite God and Finite Man,
  So high Thy State, Thy State so low,        10
No human thought can sound or span
  The boundless deeps of such a Woe.
Yet, at that Cry of sore Distress,
  Our hearts to some dim knowledge waken,
And ’mid the gloom we faintly guess        15
  What God has felt when God-Forsaken.

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