Representative Poetry Online
  Poet Index   Poem Index   Random   Search  
  Introduction   Timeline   Calendar   Glossary   Criticism   Bibliography  
  RPO   Canadian Poetry   UTEL  
by Name
by Date
by Title
by First Line
by Last Line
Poet
Poem
Short poem
Keyword
Concordance

E. Pauline Johnson (1861-1913)

Brier: Good Friday


              1Because, dear Christ, your tender, wounded arm
              2    Bends back the brier that edges life's long way,
              3That no hurt comes to heart, to soul no harm,
              4    I do not feel the thorns so much to-day.

              5Because I never knew your care to tire,
              6    Your hand to weary guiding me aright,
              7Because you walk before and crush the brier,
              8    It does not pierce my feet so much to-night.

              9Because so often you have hearkened to
            10    My selfish prayers, I ask but one thing now,
            11That these harsh hands of mine add not unto
            12    The crown of thorns upon your bleeding brow.


Online text copyright © 2003, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto.
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries.

Original text: E. Pauline Johnson (Tekahionwake), Flint and Feather: The Complete Poems, with Introduction by Theodore Watts-Dunton and a Biographical Sketch of the Author, Illustrated by J. R. Seavey, 7th edn. (1912: Toronto and London: The Musson Book Co., Ltd., 1921): 67. PS 8469 O3F5 1921 Robarts Library.
First publication date: 1912
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition: RPO 1997-2000.
Recent editing: 2:2002/3/8

Rhyme: abab


Other poems by E. Pauline Johnson