Poems: Old and New

by Frederick George Scott


 

ISCARIOT.


 

MEEK, passionless, precise, with pallid face,
   Judas grew up, his mother’s constant joy,
   Who thanked Jehovah daily that her boy
Of boyhood’s viciousness had not a trace.
Yet, in the heart of that which she thought grace
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   A devil lurked, more subtle to destroy
   Than any other Satan doth employ
To wreak his vengeance on the human race.

In after years the man’s soul grew so dead
   That when he met Love’s Self and held Love’s Hand,

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   Nay, kissed Love’s Lips, he still could Love withstand.
      Too late the thirst which drove him to his doom
Was quenched, when back the abhorrent daylight fled
   From that lone gibbet darkening in the gloom. [Page 139]