The Two Sayings
By Elizabeth Barrett Browning

     Two sayings of the Holy Scriptures beat
     Like pulses in the Church's brow and breast;
     And by them we find rest in our unrest
     And, heart deep in salt-tears, do yet entreat
     God's fellowship as if on heavenly seat.
     The first is JESUS WEPT,--whereon is prest
     Full many a sobbing face that drops its best
     And sweetest waters on the record sweet:
     And one is where the Christ, denied and scorned
     LOOKED UPON PETER. Oh, to render plain
     By help of having loved a little and mourned,
     That look of sovran love and sovran pain
     Which HE, who could not sin yet suffered, turned
     On him who could reject but not sustain!