Christ, our Light
Sunday, September 11, 2011

The grief was common, common were the cries,
Tears, sobs, and groans of that afflicted train,
Which of God’s chosen did the sum contain,
And earth rebounded with them, pierc’d were skies;
All good had left the world, each vice did reign
In the most hideous shapes hell could devise,
And all degrees and each estate did stain,
Nor further had to go, whom to surprise;
The world beneath the Prince of Darkness lay,
In every fane who had himself install’d,
Was sacrificed unto, by prayers call’d,
Responses gave, which, fools, they did obey;
When, pitying man, God of a virgin’s womb
Was born, and those false deities struck dumb.
... William Drummond (1585-1649), The Poems of William Drummond of Hawthornden, v. II, London: Lawrence and Bullen, 1894, p. 7 (see the book; see also John 12:31-32; Ps. 121:1-2; Isa. 8:21-22; 35:10; 44:13-19; Jer. 13:16; Matt. 4:15-16; Luke 22:52-53; 2 Cor. 4:3-6; 7:10-11; Eph. 6:12; Col. 1:13-14; Rev. 21:4; more at Affliction, Darkness, Fool, God, Goodness, Grief, Hell, Incarnation, Obedience, Prayers, Sacrifice, Tear, World)

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