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He staggered thro' the burning street

Language: English

He staggered thro' the burning street, 
And tho' his cross o'er-weighted him, 
He raised his comely head to greet 
The women of Jerusalem. 
'O women of Jerusalem, 
Weep not for me who go to death 
With unbowed head and easy breath, 
But for your children. Lo, at hand 
There comes a season to the land 
When ye shall curse the womb that bears, 
The pap that sucks, the hand that rears, 
And Jew-folk born of Jacob's stem 
Shall call the hills to fall on them !' 
And when he came to Calvary, 
By many a strait and stifling street, 
They seized him by the hands and feet 
And nailed him to the gallows tree, 
And housed him on the rocky stairs 
Between two common murderers ; 
And ere the day in dark was lost 
The sinless Christ gave up the ghost. 
Then flew the gilly on the wind.


Submitted by Ferdinando Albeggiani

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Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)


Text added to the website: 2009-02-03.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:03:06
Line count: 22
Word count: 148

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