“Said I not”

“Said I not”

Raising of Lazarus.

(The Gospel History, Section 83)

The Jews therefore said, Behold how he loved him! But some of them said, Could not this man, which opened the eyes of him that was blind, have caused that this man also should not die? Jesus therefore again groaning in himself cometh to the tomb. Now it was a cave, and a stone lay against it. Jesus saith, Take ye away the stone. Martha, the sister of him that was dead, saith unto him, Lord, by this time he stinketh: for he hath been dead four days. Jesus saith unto her, Said I not unto thee, that, if thou believedst, thou shouldest see the glory of God?

“Said I not”

(The Saviour of the World, Vol V Book V Poem LXXIX)


See how He loved him!” cried the Jews;
A common sorrow touched their heart:
“Would He that hath such power refuse
To hinder that our friend depart
Had He been here in time? What art
Can save our Lazarus, four days dead?
No more, alas, we’ll meet in mart!”
Thus talked they while the Lord they led

To the tomb where Lazarus lay; and there, strange word He said:—

“Take ye away the stone:” she cries,
Provident Martha,—“he offends
By this time, Lord, for see, he lies
Decaying these four days:” she ends
Words which bewray how far transcends
Her earlier speech the thing she feels!
‘Tis thus emotion colour lends
To words but not our heart reveals:

“Said I not unto thee”—saith He, who tender deals.

St. John xi. 36, 37, 38, 39, 40.

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