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Poem by Elizabeth Barrett-Browning
The Meaning of the Look
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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