John Todhunter

(30 December 1839 – 25 October 1916 / Dublin)

Golgotha - Poem by John Todhunter


On his cross still hangs the Saviour,
Bears our sins in dreadful sum,
Eighteen centuries and three quarters,
Yet his kingdom is not come.


"It is finished!" Was it finished
When thy path of pain was trod?
Thou didst bear the sins of mortals,
Who shall bear the sins of God?

Comments about Golgotha by John Todhunter

  • Gold Star - 4,921 Points John Richter (8/5/2015 11:49:00 AM)

    A little presumptuous, I think, especially for having been written in the late 19th century when religious heresy was not that far removed from Christ's day... Don't get me wrong though, I agree with Mr. Todhunter completely. There are at least as many atrocities in this world as there are not. And if an all-powerful omnipotent being wished to torture us, wouldn't the worst torture be adding death and loss of loved ones to the mix? What can be more atrocious than that? So yes, I think God may be sinning Himself. I'm just surprised that anyone could have gotten away with saying that in 1875 without being flogged or expelled to some far away island... Other than that and on the face of it the poem itself is pretty humdrum to me.... (Report) Reply

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  • Gold Star - 44,540 Points Chinedu Dike (8/5/2015 5:07:00 AM)

    Lovely piece on the unjustly crucifixion of Christ well articulated and insightfully penned with spiritual insight. A beautiful poem with good rhyme scheme. Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 13,158 Points Ramesh T A (8/5/2015 2:20:00 AM)

    New way of thinking is needed to solve this question. The usual way of analysis will not bring any true inference to solve it with a suitable medicine! (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003

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