An Epistle Containing the Strange Medical Experience of Karshish, the Arab Physician

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Excerpts from Robert Browning's
"An Epistle, Containing the Strange
Medical Experience of Karshish,
the Arab Physician"

Karshish, the picker-up of learning's crumbs,
. . .
--To Abib, all-sagacious in our art . . . .

'Tis but a case of mania--subinduced
By epilepsy, at the turning-point
Of trance prolonged unduly some three days:
. . .--the man's own firm conviction rests
That he was dead (in fact they buried him)
--That he was dead and then restored to life
By a Nazarene physician of his tribe:
--'Sayeth, the same bade "Rise," and he did rise.

The man--it is one Lazarus a Jew . . . .

This man so cured regards the curer, then,
As--God forgive me! who but God himself,
Creator and sustainer of the world,
That came and dwelt in flesh on it awhile!
--'Sayeth that such an one was born and lived,
Taught, healed the sick, broke bread at his own house,
Then died, with Lazarus by, for aught I know,
And yet was . . . what I said nor choose repeat . . . .

The very God! think, Abib; dost thou think?
So, the All-Great, were the All-Loving too--
So, through the thunder comes a human voice
Saying, "O heart I made, a heart beats here!
Face, my hands fashioned, see it in myself!
Thou hast no power nor mayst conceive of mine,
But love I gave thee, with myself to love,
And thou must love me who have died for thee!"
The madman saith He said so: it is strange.

 

But love I gave thee, with myself to love.
That he was dead and then restored to life.

Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Edward Newton Jones