[Note 15, Chapter Two, in print version]

The untitled ninth hymn in the second book of the Olney Hymns, which begins "Now may fervent prayer arise," may have inspired Christina Rossetti to her greater effort. Its third stanza contains some of the elements of her "Good Friday,"

Shepherd of thy blood-bought sheep!
Teach the stony heart to weep;
Let the blind have eyes to see,
See themselves and look on thee!


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