Cold Iron

(notes by Donald Mackenzie)


Published with “Cold Iron” the first story in Rewards and Fairies (1910).

Notes on the Text

[line 25] He took the Wine cf. the account of Jesus’s institution of the Eucharist in the first three gospels:

After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, this cup is the new testament in my blood; this do, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me.
[1 Cor. 11, 25.]
Jesus saith unto them, Come and dine. And none of the disciples durst ask him, Who art thou, knowing that it was the Lord.
Jesus then cometh, and taketh bread, and giveth them, and fish likewise.

[John 21, 12-13.]

[line 27] outside my city wall cf. the hymn by Cecil Alexander (1847):

‘There is a green hill far away,
Outside a city wall…’

and Heb. 13, 12:

Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate.

[line 30] Balm and oil

Is there no balm in Gilead; is there no physician there ? why then is the health of the daughter of my people not recovered ?
[Jer. 8, 22]
But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and
when he saw him, he had compassion on him.
And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine …

[Luke 10, 33-4]


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