View From the Cross…

James Tissot crucifixion-seen-from-the-cross-1890
What Our Lord Saw from the Cross (Ce que voyait Notre-Seigneur sur la Croix) James Tissot, French, c 1886-1894, Brookyn Museum

Good Friday

Am I a stone and not a sheep
That I can stand,
O Christ, beneath Thy Cross,

To number drop by drop Thy Blood’s slow loss,
And yet not weep?

Not so those women loved
Who with exceeding grief lamented Thee;
Not so fallen Peter weeping bitterly;
Not so the thief was moved;

Not so the Sun and Moon
Which hid their faces in a starless sky,
A horror of great darkness at broad noon—
I, only I.

Yet give not o’er,
But seek Thy sheep,
true Shepherd of the flock;

Greater than Moses, turn and look once more
And smite a rock.

Christina Rossetti


3 thoughts on “View From the Cross…

    1. This painting is from the “Life of Christ” exhibit, which is in turn a selection from a series of Bible illustrations painted by James Tissot. The Daughter and I saw the exhibit two Springs ago and became deeply appreciative of Tissot’s very detailed and well researched work. Thanks for stopping by Amy!

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