Sunday, April 20, 2014

This Joyful Eastertide, Away With Sin and Sorrow.

The Holy Tridium - Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday, are probably my favourite part of the Liturgical Year.  The ceremonies proper to this time, are particularly beautiful - an astonishingly glorious mixture of keening grief over the death of the beautiful, strong young hero, and soaring exultation at His victory over death and sin. The antiphons are sheer poetry, the music cuts to the very heart. The great mystery of the Cross becomes beautiful and terrible; both human, and of God.  

I mentioned my intention of including more poetry on this blog, and I had several ideas germinating when I said that. I set to work, full of the flame of poetic inspiration. I am out of practice, hwever, and for a while, and I struggled mightily to get the poem down in the shape I saw in the back of my mind. I nearly gave up and considered posting an old composition, but when I woke up this morning, the whole thing suddenly fell into place, and I was able to finish it. 

                     His bitter foes got Him at last
                    Whose Life they long had sought
                         They wove for Him a net of lies
                          Bought His Blood at a traitor's price
                    Caught Him, and cursed Him, and bound Him fast.

                    They've had their will of Him at last,
                    And all His doom so dreadly wrought - 
                         An outlaw's death upon the Rood,
                         Robed all in His own red Blood,
                    Bound to a Tree and nailed fast.

                         Are all good things, then come to naught,
                        When Goodness is so cheaply bought?
                        And Nature racks herself for grief,
                       The best amongst us, a holy thief - 
                       Is lost, now, all for which we fought?

                  But King He was unto the last,
                  And Love Himself, Who was loved not.
                       Now all their weavings are unwound
                       For Life has lain Its own life down
                  Defeated Death, and bound him fast.

                  All lost? - No! Victory here at last - 
                  The fallen World is newly wrought. 
                       The Dragon's reign is at an end
                       God has made Him one with Men
                  Called him Comrade, and held him fast.

And, with that, I wish you all most joyous and blessed Easter! May the Risen King keep you close, and send you every grace and happiness. 


Molly said...

I thought I checked the ol' blog list for updates yesterday, but evidently I had not. That is the only reason it's taken me so long to say--thanks for putting this up. "Fell into place" is quite an understatement for what the words did, particularly in the last verse. It will be the piece to memorise this week--no contest!

Katrina DeLallo said...

See? There's pretty!! I love poems on blogs. This one is verra fine. The ending was superb. It made my heart go, "Oh. Wow."

Jack said...

I love it!! I love reading poetry.

I had more to this comment....but it vanished before I could write it down.

I'm probably just too tired to think right now

Bella Rose said...

aw that is so pretty!! I hope you do lots and lots of poems like this!! Oh, and I tagged you again *grin*