Robert Browning
London / England
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The Lost Leader

Rating: 2.8

Just for a handful of silver he left us,
Just for a riband to stick in his coat---
Found the one gift of which fortune bereft us,
Lost all the others she lets us devote;
They, with the gold to give, doled him out silver,
So much was theirs who so little allowed:
How all our copper had gone for his service!
Rags---were they purple, his heart had been proud!
We that had loved him so, followed him, honoured him,
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Michael Walker 07 September 2019
A magnificent judgment of a fallen leader, who finally will be forgiven by God. Apply the poem to Richard Nixon and Watergate. 'Just for a handful of silver he left us'-like Judas. 'Let him never come back to us/ There would be doubt, hesitation and pain'.
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