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WHICH KING?, by            
First Line: We have no king but caesar,' answered they
Last Line: That christ is king, that he alone shall reign?
Subject(s): Caesar, Julius (100-44 B.c.); Courts & Courtiers; Jesus Christ - Life And Ministry; Religious Education; Sunday Schools; Yeshivas; Parochial Schools

"We have no king but Cæsar," answered they
In scorn of Christ. "Let Him he crucified,"
They cried. So priest and people chose that day,
Chose Cæsar for their king, and Christ denied.

Cæsar their king, who would the State maintain,
With sword, with thundering guns give high command.
Cæsar their king and so the Christ was slain,
And waste and woe and war swept through the land.

O ye, His priests, who see the multitude
Awaiting their true King, how answer ye
This day? Vote Christ be stretched upon the rood,
That Cæsar's armed might the right shall be,
Or dare ye, scorning pagan fear, proclaim
That Christ is King, that He alone shall reign?

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