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W. Garrett Horder, comp.  The Poets’ Bible: New Testament.  1895.
James and John
John Henry Newman (1801–1890)
TWO brothers freely cast their lot
  With David’s royal Son;
The cost of conquest counting not,
  They deem the battle won.
Brothers in heart, they hope to gain        5
  An undivided joy,
That man may one with man remain,
  As boy was one with boy.
Christ heard, and will’d that James should fall
  First prey of Satan’s rage;        10
John linger out his fellows all,
  And die in bloodless age.
Now they join hands once more above,
  Before the Conqueror’s throne;
Thus God grants prayer, but in His love        15
  Makes times and ways His own.

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