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W. Garrett Horder, comp.  The Poets’ Bible: New Testament.  1895.
The Pathways of the Holy Land
Elizabeth Charles (1828–1896)
THE PATHWAYS of Thy land are little changed
        Since Thou wert there;
The busy world through other ways has ranged,
        And left these bare.
The rocky path still climbs the glowing steep        5
        Of Olivet,
Though rains of two millenniums wear it deep,
        Men tread it yet.
Still to the gardens o’er the brook it leads,
        Quiet and low;        10
Before his sheep the shepherd on it treads,
        His voice they know.
The wild fig throws broad shadows o’er it still,
        As once o’er thee;
Peasants go home at evening up that hill        15
        To Bethany.
And as when gazing Thou didst weep o’er them,
        From height to height
The white roofs of discrowned Jerusalem
        Burst on our sight.        20
These ways were strewed with garments once, and palm,
        Which we tread thus;
Here through Thy triumph on thou passedst, calm,
        On to Thy cross.
The waves have washed fresh sands upon the shore        25
        Of Galilee;
But chiselled in the hillsides evermore
        Thy paths we see.
Man has not changed them in that slumbering land,
        Nor time effaced:        30
Where Thy feet trod to bless we still may stand;
        All can be traced.
Yet we have traces of Thy footsteps far
        Truer than these;
Where’er the poor and tried and suffering are,        35
        Thy steps faith sees.
Nor with fond sad regrets Thy steps we trace
        Thou are not dead!
Our path is onward, till we see Thy face,
        And hear Thy tread.        40
And now, wherever meets Thy lowliest band
        In praise and prayer,
There is Thy presence, there Thy Holy Land,
        Thou, Thou art there!

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