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W. Garrett Horder, comp.  The Poets’ Bible: New Testament.  1895.
The Woman of Samaria
George MacDonald (1824–1905)
IN the hot noon, for water cool,
  She strayed in listless mood:
When back she ran, her pitcher full
  Forgot behind her stood.
Like one who followed straying sheep,        5
  A weary man she saw,
Who sat upon the well so deep,
  And nothing had to draw.
“Give me to drink,” he said. Her hand
  Was ready with reply;        10
From out the old well of the land
  She drew him plenteously.
He spake as never man before;
  She stands with open ears;
He spake of holy days in store,        15
  Laid bare the vanished years.
She cannot still her throbbing heart;
  She hurries to the town,
And cries aloud in street and mart,
  “The Lord is here: come down.”        20
Her life before was strange and sad,
  Its tale a dreary sound:
Ah! let it go—or good or bad,
  She has the Master found.

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