The Voice consummate—(The disciple)

The Voice consummate—(The disciple)

The Feast of Tabernacles.

(The Gospel History, Section 77)

The Jews therefore marvelled, saying, How knoweth this man letters, having never learned?

The Voice consummate

(The disciple)

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

Insistent voices clamour for our ear:
This—hath a trick of sweetness, soon might cloy;
That—wily reasoning knoweth to deploy;
And all have tones—offensive, heard too near.

One Voice there is—constraining, mild, austere:
Those Jews in the Temple heard a Man deliver
Word of such round completeness, they might never,
For all their learning, make one flaw appear:

We wonder not at their perplexity,—
“This skill in dialectic—whence hath He?”
Should men, thought immature, from Jesus hear?

“A dreamer, this,” they might not mock and say;
Nor “One who dully practiseth the way!”
How excellent Thy Words,—O Lord, how dear!

St. John vii. 15

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