If Christ came into this room…

In a letter published after his death, the poet Robert Browning cited several utterances of men of genius concerning the Christian faith, and among them this one from Charles Lamb:

“In a gay fancy with some friends as to how they should feel if some of the greatest of the dead were to appear suddenly in flesh and blood–on the final suggestion, ‘And if Christ entered this room?’ he changed his manner at once and stuttered out as was his manner when moved, ‘You see if Shakespeare entered we should all arise; if HE appeared, we must all kneel’
Published in The Life and Letters of Robert Browning