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ON A ROCOCO CRUCIFIX, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Guarded by bursts of glory, golden rays
Last Line: While god groaned in the dark night of his soul?
Subject(s): Betrayal; Cavalry; Crucifixion; God; Jesus Christ = Suffering & Sacrifice; Judah (bible); Religion; Jesus Christ - Crucifixion; Theology


GUARDED by bursts of glory, golden rays, —
Christ, when I see thee hanging there alone
In ivory upon an ebon throne;
Like Pan, pard-girded, chapleted with bays;
I kiss thy mouth, I see thee in a haze,
But not of tears, of heartbreak there is none ...
Is it, oh, Sufferer, my heart is stone?
Am I, in truth, the Judas who betrays?

To hang in shame above a gory knoll,
To die of scorn upon a splintered pole, —
This was not beautiful, I know, for thee ...
Would I have whispered upon Calvary,
"An interesting silhouette, there, see!"
While God groaned in the dark night of his soul?





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