He knelt, the Saviour knelt and prayed

He knelt, the Saviour knelt and prayed. Felicia Hemans* (1793-1835).  According to JJ, p. 509, this appeared in an annual, The Almut, in 1825 (we have no explanation for this title), and in Hemans’ Poetical Works, published in New York in 1828. In Hemans’ Poems (1872) published in Project Gutenberg (https://www.gutenberg.org/files/66785/66785-h/66785-h.htm) it is a song from the opening poem of Scenes and Hymns of Life (1834), entitled ‘The English Martyrs; A Scene of the Days of Queen Mary’. The opening scene shows Edith refusing to sign a paper accepting Catholicism. In the hope of persuading her, the captors take her to see Herbert, similarly imprisoned and similarly defiant. The...

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