Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, THE MEANING OF THE LOOK, by ELIZABETH BARRETT BROWNING

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First Line: I think that look of christ might seem to say
Last Line: Because I know this man, let him be clear.'
Subject(s): Jesus Christ - Suffering & Sacrifice; Peter, Saint (c. 64 A.d.); Religion; Theology

I THINK that look of Christ might seem to say --
'Thou Peter! art thou then a common stone
Which I at last must break my heart upon,
For all God's charge to his high angels may
Guard my foot better? Did I yesterday
Wash thy feet, my beloved, that they should run
Quick to deny me 'neath the morning sun?
And do thy kisses, like the rest, betray?
The cock crows coldly. -- Go, and manifest
A late contrition, but no bootless fear!
For when thy final need is dreariest,
Thou shalt not be denied, as I am here;
My voice to God and angels shall attest,
Because I KNOW this man, let him be clear.'

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