Jesus Carrying his Cross

James Collinson (1825?-1881)

General Description

Date: 1850
Rhyme: blank verse
Meter: iambic
Genre: narrative


◦ Fredeman 132-133

Scholarly Commentary


A work by the minor PRB painter James Collinson (1825?-1881), now best known as the man CR thought to marry, but eventually threw off. The poem is the fourth part of the five-part narrative poem titled The Child Jesus. The work is clearly in debt to DGR's early work, and perhaps even more to Keble's The Christian Year and, of course, to the liturgy of the ”Joyful, Sorrowful, and Glorious Mysteries“. “Jesus Carrying his Cross” is the fourth of the Sorrowful Mysteries. The subtitle of the five-part poem, “A Record Typical of the Five Sorrowful Mysteries”, underscores its typological methodology—taking incidents (real and imagined) from the childhood of Jesus as prefigurative of the consummating events of his mortal life.

Printing History

First printed in The Germ 2, page 54.

Electronic Archive Edition: 1