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

The Two Sayings

Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806–1861)

TWO sayings of the Holy Scriptures beat

Like pulses in the church’s brow and breast;

And by them we find rest in our unrest,

And, heart-deep in salt tears, do yet entreat,

God’s fellowship as if on heavenly seat.

The first is JESUS WEPT,—whereon is prest

Full many a sobbing face that drops its best

And sweetest waters on the record sweet:

And one is where the Christ, denied and scorned,

LOOKED UPON PETER. Oh, to render plain,

By help of having loved a little and mourned,

That look of sovran love and sovran pain

Which He, who could not sin yet suffered, turned

On him who could reject but not sustain!