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Higginson and Bigelow, comps.  American Sonnets.  1891.
On a Picture of the Magdalene Asleep
By George Washington Bethune (1805–1862)
THY tears are dried, sweet penitent; no more
  Abandoned on the ground we see thee lie,
  The precious word of life beneath thine eye,
Searching the sacred record o’er and o’er
To find His grace for sins thy thoughts deplore,        5
  Who came for lost ones such as thee to die.
  —Thou art forgiven.—’Neath a smiling sky,
E’en as thou didst with upward face adore,
  (The holy Cross clasped closely to thy breast,)
Sleep has come o’er thee, worn and wearied        10
  By anxious vigils; yet in slumber blest,
Heaven’s radiant glory circles round thy head,
  Filling thy soul with visions of that rest
Where e’en repentance has no tears to shed!

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