Friendless and faint, with martyred steps and slow, Faint for the flesh, but for the spirit free, Stung by the mob that came to see the show, The Master toiled along to Calvary; We gibed him, as he went, with houndish glee, Till his dimmed eyes for us did overflow; We cursed his vengeless hands thrice wretchedly, -- And this was nineteen hundred years ago. But after nineteen hundred years the shame Still clings, and we have not made good the loss That outraged faith has entered in his name. Ah, when shall come love's courage to be strong! Tell me, O Lord -- tell me, O Lord, how long Are we to keep Christ writhing on the cross!
- by Edwin Arlington Robinson (1869 - 1935), "Calvary", appears in The Children of the Night, first published 1897 [author's text not yet checked against a primary source]
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- by John Woods Duke (1899 - 1984), "Calvary", 1945, published 1948 [low voice and piano], from Four Poems by Edwin Arlington Robinson, no. 4. [ sung text checked 1 time]
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