W. Garrett Horder, comp. The Poets’ Bible: New Testament. 1895.
John the BaptistFrederick W. H. Myers (18431901)
Rang in Bethabara till strength was spent,
Cared not for counsel, stayed not for replying,
John had one message for the world—Repent.
Not till this day has been of woman born;
John, like some iron peak by the Creator
Fired with the red glow of the rushing morn.
Stands in his shining desolate and bare,
Yet not the less the inexorable summit
Flamed him his signal to the upper air.