Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, HOLY POEMS: 2, by GEORGE BARKER

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First Line: I bleed sebastian's brother on the ground
Last Line: Crossed on my pain and crucified in my eye.
Subject(s): Religion; Theology

I bleed Sebastian's brother on the ground,
No good it does me: or I hang my hand
My harp-hand on the Haman tree, but no --
My blood smiles from the ground in pride,
My hand makes music when winds blow.
There is no martyrdom worse than a life,
Nor can it be bought off with a sacrifice.
I cannot cut my body to St. Peter's key,
Or, nipping off the hip-rose with a knife
Make me archangel, nor with a kiss
Claim thirty shillings, for no one will buy
The plaster Jesus that my master is,
Crossed on my pain and crucified in my eye.

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