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I Went Down into the Desert

 I went down into the desert
To meet Elijah—
Arisen from the dead.
I thought to.
find him in an echoing cave; For so my dream had said.
I went down into the desert To meet John the Baptist.
I walked with feet that bled, Seeking that prophet lean and brown and bold.
I spied foul fiends instead.
I went down into the desert To meet my God.
By him be comforted.
I went down into the desert To meet my God.
And I met the devil in red.
I went down into the desert To meet my God.
O, Lord my God, awaken from the dead! I see you there, your thorn-crown on the ground, I see you there, half-buried in the sand.
I see you there, your white bones glistening, bare, The carrion-birds a-wheeling round your head.

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