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Poem by Matthew Arnold

The Good Shepherd with the Kid

HE saves the sheep, the goats he doth not save!
So rang Tertullians sentence, on the side
Of that unpitying Phrygian sect which cried:
Him can no fount of fresh forgiveness lave,
Who sins, once washd by the baptismal wave!
So spake the fierce Tertullian. But she sighd,
The infant Church; of love she felt the tide
Stream on her from her Lords yet recent grave.
And then she smiled, and in the Catacombs,
With eye suffused but heart inspired true,
On those walls subterranean, where she did
Her head in ignominy, death, and tombs,
She her Good Shepherds hasty image drew;
And on his shoulders, not a lamb, a kid.

Matthew Arnold

Matthew Arnold's other poems:
  1. Stanzas Composed at Carnac
  2. Calais Sands
  3. Stanzas from the Grande Chartreuse
  4. Heines Grave
  5. Rachel

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