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First Line: I think that mary magdalene
Last Line: I know the woman well.
Variant Title(s): Mary Magdalene
Subject(s): Mary Magdalen; Women - Bible; Mary Magdalene


I think that Mary Magdalene
Was just a woman who went to dine,
And her jewels covered her empty heart
And her gown was the color of wine.

I think that Mary Magdalene
Sat by a stranger with shining head.
"Haven't we met somewhere?" she asked,
"Magdalene! Mary!" he said.

I think that Mary Magdalene
Fell at his feet and called his name;
Sat at his feet and wept her woe
And rose up clean of shame.

Nobody knew but Magdalene,
Mary, the woman who went to dine;
Nobody saw how he broke the bread
And poured for her peace the wine.

This is story of Magdalene --
It isn't the tale the Apostles tell,
But I know the woman it happened to,
I know the woman well.





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