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First Line: I see thy likeness in all beauteous things
Last Line: That made us wretched all, and thee divine.
Subject(s): Crucifixion; Jesus Christ - Crucifixion


(where a picture of the Crucifixion hung in the Museum
above a bust of Antinous)

I see thy likeness in all beauteous things,
So much are beauty and thy likeness one:
Thee in the painted death of Mary's Son,
Thee in the marble loves of pagan kings.
Each day, each hour, its drop of trouble brings
To swell the flood of sorrows long since done,
Till down Earth's cheek the loosened waters run,
Darkly foregathered in her frozen springs.
What wealth of tears were this, to weep today
That he's a god who was Antinous?
Why mourn for Jesus? Christ remains to us.
Cruel perfection! Every lure is thine,
Ours every grief; till love shall pass away
That made us wretched all, and thee divine.





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