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THERE IS A MAN ON THE CROSS, by            
First Line: Whenever there is silence around me
Last Line: "there is a man on the cross."
Subject(s): Crucifixion; Jesus Christ - Suffering & Sacrifice; Religion; Jesus Christ - Crucifixion; Theology


Whenever there is silence around me
By day or by night—
I am startled by a cry.
It came down from the cross—
The first time I heard it.
I went out and searched—
And found a man in the throes of crucifixion,
And I said, "I will take you down,"
And I tried to take the nails out of his feet.
But he said, "Let them be
For I cannot be taken down
Until every man, every woman, and every childCome together to take me down."
And I said, "But I cannot hear you cry.
What can I do?"
And he said, "Go about the world—
Tell everyone that you meet—
There is a man on the cross."





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