Poems & poèmes/The Love of Judas

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Poems & poèmes  (1920) 
Natalie Clifford Barney
The Love of Judas
page 11

THE LOVE OF JUDAS


Love, take me back to you, and make me whole,
Who am divided and in unbelief:
An infidel in thought and word and grief,
A double heart and a promiscuous soul!

And what if Judas offered Christ that bowl
Of greatest bitterness without relief.
Revenge, not silver, tempted such a thief:
Betrayed betrayer of the kiss he stole.

He loved the most; those others loved but well,
They drowsed: in dreadful paths his anguish trod,
Nor thrice denied the love that sold his God.

No pity for his throbbing jealous side.
No pity for his false obscure farewell;
Yet he alone for his lost master died!


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