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Raising of Lazarus.

(The Gospel History, Section 83)

But when Jesus heard it, he said, This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God may be glorified thereby. Now Jesus loved Martha, and her sister, and Lazarus. When therefore he heard that he was sick, he abode at that time two days in the place where he was.

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


Ah me, the mother’s woe, whose son
Is sentenced to the surgeon’s knife;
While his petitions ceaseless run,
“O mother, mother, spare my life!”
And keeps he up the useless strife,
And deems his mother hard and cold,
That not for all his urgings, rife
With blame and love, dare she make bold

To bid the surgeon cease,—who is her hope’s stronghold!

The footsore runners found the Lord;
The burning message spake they true:
“He whom Thou lov’st is sick,” their word;
And all were sure what He would do:
The disciples near their Master drew
Expecting word, “Let us make speed,
Go we to cheer the sisters two!”
But Christ, as one who took no heed,

For two whole days delayed; the while His heart did bleed!

St. John xi. 4–6.

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