On the still surviving Marks of our Saviour's
WHATEVER story of their cruelty,
Or nail, or thorn, or spear have writ in Thee,
Are in another sense
Still legible ;
Sweet is the difference :
Once I did spell
Every red letter
A wound of Thine ;
Now, what is better,
Balsam for mine.
The Complete Works of Richard Crashaw. William B. Turnbull, Ed.
London: John Russell Smith, 1858. 17.
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