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The Three Enemies

Christina Georgina Rossetti 1830 (London) – 1894 (London)

THE FLESH

  "Sweet, thou art pale."
  "More pale to see,
  Christ hung upon the cruel tree
  And bore His Father's wrath for me."

  "Sweet, thou art sad."
  "Beneath a rod
  More heavy, Christ for my sake trod
  The winepress of the wrath of God."

  "Sweet, thou art weary."
  "Not so Christ:
  Whose mighty love of me suffic'd
  For Strength, Salvation, Eucharist."

  "Sweet, thou art footsore."
  "If I bleed,
  His feet have bled; yea in my need
  His Heart once bled for mine indeed."

THE WORLD

  "Sweet, thou art young."
  "So He was young
  Who for my sake in silence hung
  Upon the Cross with Passion wrung."

  "Look, thou art fair."
  "He was more fair
  Than men, Who deign'd for me to wear
  A visage marr'd beyond compare."

  "And thou hast riches."
  "Daily bread:
  All else is His: Who, living, dead,
  For me lack'd where to lay His Head."

  "And life is sweet."
  "It was not so
  To Him, Whose Cup did overflow
  With mine unutterable woe."

THE DEVIL

  "Thou drinkest deep."
  "When Christ would sup
  He drain'd the dregs from out my cup:
  So how should I be lifted up?"

  "Thou shalt win Glory."
  "In the skies,
  Lord Jesus, cover up mine eyes
  Lest they should look on vanities."

  "Thou shalt have Knowledge."
  "Helpless dust!
  In Thee, O Lord, I put my trust:
  Answer Thou for me, Wise and Just."

  "And Might."--
  "Get thee behind me. Lord,
  Who hast redeem'd and not abhorr'd
  My soul, oh keep it by Thy Word."

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Christina Georgina Rossetti

Christina Georgina Rossetti was an English poet who wrote various romantic, devotional, and children's poems. "Goblin Market" and "Remember" remain famous. She wrote the words of two Christmas carols well known in the UK: "In the Bleak Midwinter", later set by Gustav Holst and by Harold Darke, and "Love Came Down at Christmas", set by Harold Darke and by other composers. more…

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