At a Calvary near the Ancre

by Wilfred Owen ( 1893 – 1918 )

One ever hangs where shelled roads part.

In this war He too lost a limb,

But His disciples hide apart;

And now the Soldiers bear with Him.

Near Golgotha strolls many a priest,

And in their faces there is pride

That they were flesh-marked by the Beast

By whom the gentle Christ's denied.

The scribes on all the people shove

And brawl allegiance to the state,

But they who love the greater love

Lay down their life; they do not hate.

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