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First Line: Girt in the panther-fells
Last Line: "and I cried in pain: ""o lord my god!"
Subject(s): Christianity; Love - Complaints

GIRT in the panther-fells,
Violets in my hair,
Down I ran through the woody dells,
Through the morning wild and fair,—
To sit by the road till the sun was high,
That I might see some god pass by.

Fluting amid the thyme
I dreamed through the golden day,
Calling through melody and rime:
"Iacchus! Come this way,—
From harrowing Hades like a king,
Vine leaves and glories scattering."

Twilight was all rose-red,
When, crowned with vine and thorn,
Came a stranger god from out the dead;
And his hands and feet were torn.
I knew Him not, for He came alone:
I knew Him not, whom I fain had known.

He said: "For love, for love,
I wear the vine and thorn."
He said: "For love, for love,
My hands and feet were torn:
For love, the winepress Death I trod."
And I cried in pain: "O Lord my God!"

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