Comfortless Confusion

Tune: Sussex

(one tune to 'Father, hear the prayer we offer')

Matthew 2 v.12-18

Holy Innocents Day - Dec.28th


Wise men the Christ-child they had seen

Full of wonder it had been

For them Him to see, but now they

Must be going on their way


A warning from God in a dream

They had, not all as did seem

For King Herod in false pretence

Would locate the young child thence


But his plans were to Him destroy

He was outwitted, his ploy

Mocked of wise men, in a rage he

Ordered death of children, see


All boys under two years who in

Beth'lem were, or near therein

Were to be killed, bitter mourning

Heard there voice of lamenting 


Though was as Jeremiah had said

Parents found their infants dead

Rachel, Israel's mother-figure

Weeping in such great horror


Unconsolable, and would not

Be comforted, for their lot

Had been of their dreadful laments

Slain their Holy Innocents


Give us grace to do just, rightly

Where oppression we may see

That good triumph over evil

Your kingdom come, your good will




  • Author: orchidee (Offline Offline)
  • Published: December 28th, 2018 03:13
  • Comment from author about the poem: A hymn-poem in metre. A dark and painful remembrance.
  • Category: Spiritual
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  • Goldfinch60

    Good always triumphs over evil but sometimes it takes its time.

    • orchidee

      Thanks Gold.

    • Simon Bromley

      The constant battle we all face in our lifetime. The good will always outweigh the evil.

      • orchidee

        Thanks Simon.

      • ANGELA & BRIAN

        Thanks UNCLE STEVE ~ Love the Hymn ~ Prayer is an awesome and oft understated POWER. An excellent Poem on a very very sad occasion. SATAN always turns a time of "Peace & Goodwill to Men" to a time of "Weaping & wailing and gnashing of teeth" BUT His days are numbered ! There were attempts to kill or capture JESUS but according to God's Sovreinity & Prophecy ~ JESUS died in just the right way ~ time & place ~ to REDEEM the Human Race ~ AMEN ~
        Blessings for 2019 Brian & Angela 🧡🧡🧡🧡

        • orchidee

          Thanks B&A. Yes, Jesus as a 'holy innocent' suffering too.

        • Neville

          you dont hear of many Herod's these days do ya... makes ya wonder why, dunnit...

          • orchidee

            Yes N. There are some monsters about though, even if not persecuting children.

            • Neville

              there are indeed.. we had the county contract for the violent patient and those struck off by their GP's and folk with various types of personality disorder... a lot of my work was undertaken in HMP's too... several serial killers but never came across a Herod though....

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