[from Collected Works, T.E.Brown]
HIGH stretched upon the swinging yard,
I gather in the sheet ;
But it is hard
And stiff, and one cries haste.
Then He that is most dear in my regard
Of all the crew gives aidance meet ;
But from His hands, and from His feet,
A glory spreads wherewith the night is starred
Moreover of a cup most bitter-sweet
With fragrance as of nard,
And myrrh, and cassia spiced,
He proffers me to taste.
Then I to Him :" Art Thou the Christ?"
He saith" Thou sayst."
Like to an ox
That staggers neath the mortal blow,
She grinds upon the rocks :
Then straight and low
Leaps forth the levelled line, and in our quarter locks.
The cradles rigged ; with swerving of the blast
Our Captain last
" Who fired that shot ? "
Each silent stands
Ah, sweet perplexity!
This too was He.
I have an arbour wherein came a toad
Most hideous to see
Immediate, seizing staff or goad,
I smote it cruelly.
Then all the place with subtle radiance glowed
I looked, and it was He!