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THERE WAS A GARDEN, by            
First Line: A cross - one staggering beneath the weight
Last Line: He was the son of god.
Subject(s): Crucifixion; Gethsemane; Jesus Christ - Crucifixion

A cross—One staggering beneath the weight.
(Golgotha shivered, but knew not why)
A mob—goading with spears of scarlet hate
This One condemned to die.

"Now in the place where he was crucified
There was a garden." Her olive trees
Leaned over the wall and shuddering sighed
To the sobbing breeze.

The lilies stirred from sleep and wept at the sound
Of the tumult cleaving the day;
And the grasses said: We stand on holy ground—
It was God who passed this way.

Men mocked him. Their frenzy billowed and grew
To ghastly impact on Calvary's sod.
Only the garden bowed her heart and knew
He was the Son of God.

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