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W. Garrett Horder, comp. The Poets’ Bible: New Testament. 1895.

Mary to Jesus in the House

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807–1882)

O MASTER! when Thou comest it is always

A Sabbath in the house. I cannot work:

I must sit at Thy feet; must see Thee, hear Thee!

I have a feeble, wayward, doubting heart,

Incapable of endurance or great thoughts,

Striving for something that it cannot reach,

Baffled and disappointed, wounded, hungry;

And only when I hear Thee am I happy,

And only when I see Thee am at peace.

Stronger than I, and wiser and far better

In every manner is my sister Martha,

Thou seest how well she orders everything

To make Thee welcome, how she comes and goes,

Careful and cumber’d ever with much serving,

While I but welcome Thee with foolish words!

Whene’er Thou speakest to me I am happy;

When Thou art silent I am satisfied.

Thy presence is enough. I ask no more.

Only to be with Thee, only to see Thee,

Sufficeth me. My heart is then at rest.