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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Asia: Vols. XXI–XXIII.  1876–79.
 
Syria: Calvary, the Mount
The Crucifixion
Maria Doceo
 
Translated by J. Bowring

THE STONES they raise,
Life’s hope decays,—
With insults greeted
And woes repeated,
Affection gone,        5
Woe stands alone;
Who suffers this? O, tell!
’T is He who loves so well.
 
Lights darkened all,
The stone-showers fall,        10
The wild winds blowing,
His long hair flowing,
His eyes are wet,
Thorns wound his feet.
Who suffers this? O, tell!        15
’T is He who loves so well.
 
Perplexed the road,
His breast a load;
His heart is torn:
The world in scorn,—        20
The flowers are faded,
The sun is shaded.
Who suffers this? O, tell!
’T is He who loves so well.
 
What weary sighs,        25
And weeping eyes,
And plaints forbid,
And glories hid,
And absence drear
From friends sincere.        30
Who suffers this? O, tell!
’T is He who loves so well.
 
A clouded star,
A journey far,
A fearful doom,        35
A day of gloom;
The path mistaken,—
By all forsaken.
Who suffers this? O, tell!
’T is He who loves so well.        40
 
 
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