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First Line: Am I, in truth, the judas who betrays?
Last Line: Rise christ! Give these feet wings! My need is exigent.
Subject(s): Betrayal; Crucifixion; Jesus Christ = Suffering & Sacrifice; Judah (bible); Jesus Christ - Crucifixion

AM I, in truth, the Judas who betrays?
Is it, oh, Sufferer, my heart is stone?"
— This rhetoric indecently displays
The meanness of a spirit over-prone
To chant its litanies, beg God atone
For poses in the cadence of self-praise,
And, treasuring its poor pride, to bemoan
Even frivolities in paraphrase.

Is any Penitential Sacrament
Effective to atone for the inept,
The subtle, the indomitably adept
Folly of being human? Grave of God!
When most contrite I am most platipod —
Rise Christ! give these feet wings! my need is exigent.

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