The Burghers of Calais

Send out six citizens to be slaughtered and we will spare your city!

Stumbling in our nooses and chains, from awed inner light into darkness, resigned in our terror, we went.

But their queen’s unborn child spared us! It would be a bad omen to kill us, it said.

300 years later our spirits froze in the lamplight in front of the sculptor Rodin.

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