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THE CHILDREN'S CRUSADE, by            
First Line: Loudly they sang, on the steep mountain-pathway
Last Line: Eternal lamps that swing above their grave.
Subject(s): Children's Crusade (1212)


Loudly they sang, on the steep mountain-pathway,
A fearless flock of lambs unshepherded!
"We were awaked by summons silver-voiced
Of stricken birds upon the fields of night."

The thin shifts on their bodies waved like banners!
Like crowns the stems of flowers were entwined!
Before their young procession bells pealed psalms:
"Oh, for a glimpse of sunned Jerusalem!"

"In the old forest hungry wolves will eat you!!!"
"The evil beasts will never dare to harm us,
—By the white Saviour shall we be guarded!!!"—

The storm smote into pulp the holy ship!
Now fiery eyes of giant sharks are swaying,
Eternal lamps that swing above their grave.





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