Let’s take another snapshot from Masefield’s Coming of Christ.
And also there was Paul, receiving mercy, proclaiming mercy:
A tentmaker of Tarsus,
Who will deny you and denounce your followers
To torment and to death; and then will see
Your truth by sudden lightning of the mind,
And then go through the world, telling your truth,
Through scourgings, stoning, bonds, beating with rods,
The wild beasts in the ring, worse beasts in men;
To the sharp sword outside the city gates,
Glad beyond words to drink of your sweet cup,
Lifted and lit by you, christened by you,
Made spirit by you, I who slew your saints.
Jesus told James and John: My chalice indeed you shall drink; but to sit on my right or left hand, is not mine to give to you, but to them for whom it is prepared by my Father. Matthew (20:23) We shall drink of his cup – whether sweet or bitter; we will be lifted and lit by him and strengthened to be tellers of his truth and sharers of his mercy.