Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, CHRIST AND THE PAGAN, by JOHN BANISTER TABB

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CHRIST AND THE PAGAN, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: I had no god but these
Last Line: "beyond eternal hope."
Alternate Author Name(s): Father Tabb
Subject(s): Jesus Christ; Paganism & Pagans

I had no God but these,
The sacerdotal trees,
And they uplifted me.
"I hung upon a Tree."

The sun and moon I saw,
And reverential awe
Subdued me day and night.
"I am the perfect Light."

Within a lifeless stone --
All other gods unknown --
I sought Divinity.
"The Corner-Stone am I."

For sacrificial feast
I slaughtered man and beast,
Red recompense to gain.
"So I, a Lamb, was slain.

"Yea, such My hungering Grace
That whereso'er My face
Is hidden, none may grope
Beyond eternal Hope."

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