W. Garrett Horder, comp. The Poets’ Bible: New Testament. 1895.
Mary MagdalenGeorge Herbert (15931633)
(Whose precepts she had trampled on before),
And wore them for a jewel on her head,
Showing his steps should be the street
Wherein she thenceforth evermore
With pensive humbleness would live and tread:
To make him clean, who could not be defiled?
Why kept she not her tears for her own faults,
And not his feet? Though we could dive
In tears like seas, our sins are piled
Deeper than they, in words, and works, and thoughts.
To bear her filth; and that her sins did dash
E’en God himself. Wherefore she was not loath,
As she had brought wherewith to stain,
So to bring in wherewith to wash:
And yet in washing one, she washed both.