VII – The Washing
At Table: Christ Mandatum Novum do
to us that we in love should brothers hold
as He embodies love for us. Thus bold
in love the nations seeing might him know.
Example: washing feet in servant’s mold!
To each apostle come in turn: St Pete
refuses God now kneeling at his feet.
“An not I wash you then be gone” is told.
Yet even strengthen’d well this night unmeet
you will deny me thrice. Belov’d take heart:
you show how human weakness plays its part
til providential saving plan’s complete
Reshod thus Peter savéd, wash’d did go
to felling by a maid at sunrise crow.