Verse > Anthologies > W. Garrett Horder, ed. > The Poets’ Bible: New Testament
W. Garrett Horder, comp.  The Poets’ Bible: New Testament.  1895.
Hartley Coleridge (1796–1849)
IN the huge temple, deck’d by Herod’s pride,
Who fain would bribe a God he ne’er believed,
Kneels a meek woman, that hath once conceived,
Tho’ she was never like an earthly bride.
And yet the stainless would be purified,        5
And wash away the stain that yet was none,
And for the birth of her immaculate Son,
With the stern rigour of the law complied:
The duty paid received its due reward
When Simeon bless’d the baby in her arm;        10
And though he plainly told her that a sword
Must pierce her soul, she felt no weak alarm,
For that for which a Prophet thank’d the Lord,
Once to have seen, could never end in harm.

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