John Bannister Tabb

(1845-1909 / the United States)

Christ And The Pagan - Poem by John Bannister Tabb

I had no God but these,
The sacerdotal Trees,
And they uplifted me.

'I hung upon a Tree.'

The sun and moon I saw,
And reverential awe
Subdued me day and night.

'I am the perfect Light.'

Within a lifeless Stone-
All other gods unknown-
I sought Divinity.

'The Corner-Stone am I.'

For sacrificial feast
I slaughtered man and beast,
Red recompense to gain.

'So I, a Lamb, was slain.


'Yea; such My hungering Grace
That wheresoe'er My face
Is hidden, none may grope
Beyond eternal Hope.'


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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, September 1, 2010



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