Friday, 6 April 2012

Anna Akhmatova: Crucifixion

Crucifixion XV c., Andrej Rublev Museum, Moscow

"Weep not for Me, Mother, 
in the grave I have life."
I.
The choir of angels glorified the great hour,
the heavens melted in flames.
He said to His Father: "Why hast Thou forsaken me?" 
and to His Mother: "Oh, weep not for Me..."
II.
Mary Magdalene smote her breast and wept,
the disciple whom He loved tuned to stone,
but where the Mother stood in silence
nobody even dared look.

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