Anna Akhmatova: Crucifixion

Crucifixion XV c., Andrej Rublev Museum, Moscow

"Weep not for Me, Mother, 
in the grave I have life."
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..."
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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