I saw Thee by Ray Palmer. , I saw thee.”—JOHN i. 48.
“When thou wast under the fig-tree
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I SAW thee when, as twilight fell,
And evening lit her fairest star,
Thy footsteps sought yon quiet dell,
The world’s confusion left afar.
I saw thee when thou stood’st alone,
Where drooping branches thick o’erhung,
Thy still retreat to all unknown,
Hid in deep shadows darkly flung.
I saw thee when, as died each sound
Of bleating flock or woodland bird,
Kneeling, as if on holy ground,
Thy voice the listening silence heard.
I saw thy calm, uplifted eyes,
And marked the heaving of thy breast,
When rose to heaven thy heartfelt sighs
For purer life, for perfect rest.
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