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

  • (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

    1 person liked.
    0 person did not like.
  • 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

  • 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

Read all 3 comments »
User Rating:
3,3 / 5 ( 17 votes ) 3

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Read poems about / on: pain, god

Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003

Famous Poems

  1. Still I Rise
    Maya Angelou
  2. The Road Not Taken
    Robert Frost
  3. If You Forget Me
    Pablo Neruda
  4. Dreams
    Langston Hughes
  5. Annabel Lee
    Edgar Allan Poe
  6. Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening
    Robert Frost
  7. If
    Rudyard Kipling
  8. Do Not Stand At My Grave And Weep
    Mary Elizabeth Frye
  9. I Do Not Love You Except Because I Love You
    Pablo Neruda
  10. Television
    Roald Dahl
[Report Error]