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THE MODERN JUDAS, by            
First Line: The type has never perished from the earth
Last Line: And dark design of his satanic ways.
Subject(s): Apostles; Betrayal; Bible; Judas Iscariot (d. 30 A.d.); Disciples, Twelve

THE type has never perished from the earth,
But has come down these twenty centuries
Through ancient lands, across the western seas,
Wherever God's new races found a birth;
To-day his shriveled soul, devoid of mirth,
Eager to sell his Christ for paltry fees
And plunge the world in sadder tragedies,
Is seen still plotting for the silver's worth:
But all too slowly does his judgment come,
And all too often we accord him praise;
So masterly he barters for the sum,
We scarcely know Judas of ancient days,
We heed the silver, not the odium
And dark design of his Satanic ways.

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