Marching Men

Original Text: 
Marjorie L. C. Pickthall, The Wood Carver's Wife (Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 1922): 99. PS 8531 I35W6 1922 Robarts Library.
1Under the level winter sky
2I saw a thousand Christs go by.
3They sang an idle song and free
4As they went up to calvary.
5Careless of eye and coarse of lip,
6They marched in holiest fellowship.
7That heaven might heal the world, they gave
8Their earth-born dreams to deck the grave.
9With souls unpurged and steadfast breath
10They supped the sacrament of death.
11And for each one, far off, apart,
12Seven swords have rent a woman's heart.
Publication Start Year: 
RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
RPO Edition: 
RPO 1998.