In the silent midnight watches

In the silent midnight watches. Arthur Cleveland Coxe* (1818-1896). First published in the Second Edition of Coxe’s poem, Athanasion (1842), where it was among the ‘Several Poems, now first collected’, further described as ‘Miscellaneous Poems’, that followed the main poem. It was called ‘The Heart’s Song’ (it may well be considered alongside the words from the preface to Athanasion quoted in the entry on Coxe). It was printed by Philip Schaff * in Christ in Song (New York, 1869). It had three stanzas. They were based initially on Revelation 3: 20: ‘Behold, I stand at the door’, a text printed at the head of the poem, and forcefully combined with the parable of the wise and foolish virgins...

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