The White Wampum

by Emily Pauline Johnson


 

BRIER

GOOD FRIDAY


 

BECAUSE, dear Christ, your tender, wounded arm
    Bends back the brier that edges life’s long way,
That no hurt comes to heart, to soul no harm,
    I do not feel the thorns so much to-day.

Because I never knew your care to tire,
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    Your hand to weary guiding me aright,
Because you walk before and crush the brier,
    It does not pierce my feet so much to-night.

Because so often you have hearkened to
    My selfish prayers, I ask but one thing now,
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That these harsh hands of mine add not unto
    The crown of thorns upon your bleeding brow. [Page 76]