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First Line: He never spoke a word to me
Last Line: With bruise of lash or stone.
Variant Title(s): Shadowed
Subject(s): Bible; Jesus Christ; Religion; Simon Of Cyrene; Theology


He never spoke a word to me,
And yet He called my name.
He never gave a sign to me,
And yet I knew and came.

At first I said, "I will not bear
His cross upon my back --
He only seeks to place it there
Because my skin is black."

But He was dying for a dream,
And He was very meek;
And in His eyes there shone a gleam
Men journey far to seek.

It was Himself my pity bought;
I did for Christ alone
What all of Rome could not have wrought
With bruise of lash or stone.





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