Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, COMMUNICANTS, by J. C. EVANS

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COMMUNICANTS, by            
First Line: I know some lowly, cringing clods
Last Line: Hung high against the blue.
Subject(s): Catholics; Crucifixion; Eucharist; Roman Catholics; Catholicism; Jesus Christ - Crucifixion; Communion

I know some lowly, cringing clods
That saw Lord Jesus die,
That watched His torn and bloody form
Nailed high against the sky.

They shared His palling cup of shame;
They sensed His tortured breath;
They sat in rigid fear around
A banquet board of death.

Oh, some there drank the warm, red blood,
And some the tears of woe,
And some that agonizing sweat—
They saw Christ Jesus go.

And some received the vinegar;
And some received the gall;
They supped a dear communion that
Immortalized them all.

They quaffed a costly beverage;
They took a priceless bread;
They writhed in fierce satiety
Of saturating red.

So still, these lowly, cringing clods
That drank that dark day through,
That horror-stricken, watched great Christ
Hung high against the blue.

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