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First Line: Am I a stone, and not a sheep
Last Line: And smite a rock.
Alternate Author Name(s): Alleyne, Ellen; Rossetti, Christina
Subject(s): Good Friday; Holidays; Holy Week; Jesus Christ; Jesus Christ - Suffering & Sacrifice


Am I a stone and not a sheep
That I can stand, O Christ, beneath Thy Cross,
To number drop by drop Thy Blood's slow loss,
And yet not weep?
Not so those women loved
Who with exceeding grief lamented Thee;
Not so fallen Peter weeping bitterly;
Not so the thief was moved;
Not so the Sun and Moon
Which hid their faces in starless sky,
A horror of great darkness at broad noon, --
I, only I.
Yet give not o'er,
But seek Thy sheep, true Shepherd of the flock;
Greater than Moses, turn and look once more
And smite a rock.









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