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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807–1882).  Complete Poetical Works.  1893.
 
Christus: A Mystery
Part I. The Divine Tragedy.
The Third Passover.
III. Lord, is it I?
 
CHRISTUS.
ONE of you shall betray me.

THE DISCIPLES.
                        Is it I?
Lord, is it I?

CHRISTUS.
                One of the Twelve it is
That dippeth with me in this dish his hand;
He shall betray me. Lo, the Son of Man
Goeth indeed as it is written of Him;        5
But woe shall be unto that man by whom
He is betrayed! Good were it for that man
If he had ne’er been born!

JUDAS ISCARIOT.
                        Lord, is it I?
 
CHRISTUS.
Ay, thou hast said. And that thou doest, do quickly.
 
JUDAS ISCARIOT, going out.
Ah, woe is me!

CHRISTUS.
                All ye shall be offended
        10
Because of me this night; for it is written:
Awake, O sword against my shepherd! Smite
The shepherd, saith the Lord of hosts, and scattered
Shall be the sheep!—But after I am risen
I go before you into Galilee.        15
 
PETER.
O Master! though all men shall be offended
Because of thee, yet will not I be!

CHRISTUS.
                            Simon,
Behold how Satan hath desired to have you,
That he may sift you as one sifteth wheat!
Whither I go thou canst not follow me—        20
Not now; but thou shalt follow me hereafter.
 
PETER.
Wherefore can I not follow thee? I am ready
To go with thee to prison and to death.
 
CHRISTUS.
Verily say I unto thee, this night,
Ere the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice!        25
 
PETER.
Though I should die, yet will I not deny thee.
 
CHRISTUS.
When first I sent you forth without a purse,
Or scrip, or shoes, did ye lack anything?
 
THE DISCIPLES.
Not anything.

CHRISTUS.
                But he that hath a purse,
Now let him take it, and likewise his scrip;        30
And he that hath no sword, let him go sell
His clothes and buy one. That which hath been written
Must be accomplished now: He hath poured out
His soul even unto death; he hath been numbered
With the transgressors, and himself hath borne        35
The sin of many, and made intercession
For the transgressors. And here have an end
The things concerning me.

PETER.
                        Behold, O Lord,
Behold, here are two swords!

CHRISTUS.
                            It is enough.
 
 
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