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First Line: The scarlet cloth / symbolical of his blood
Last Line: "on his high calvary."
Subject(s): Festivals; Fairs; Pageants

"The scarlet cloth
Symbolical of His blood
Ransom for the Ideal,
And that, sweet Charity --
Lay chaste upon the altar's
Gleaming whiteness.
The Talisman of gold
On which His image hung,
Looked down on
Candles lit for
His attendance,
Upon the Supper
Where man and evil
Are parted, by the taking
Of His bread and wine.
And yet . . . so few
Came. And more still
Scoffed as they
Passed by, while He
Was crucified again,
For offering life
On His high calvary."

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