Denial Discourse - Mark's Gospel (19)

Tune: Tallis' Evening Hymn

('All praise to thee, my God this night')

Mark 14 v.66-72


Peter did Christ deny, 'tis true

A maid said, Yes, I do know you

You too were with Jesus, confess

Jesus of Nazareth no less


But he denied, said, I know not

Nor do I understand just what

You say, and then the cockerel crew

He with Jesus had nought to do


Another maid did see him there

And said, You with Jesus did share

But he denied again, I know

Him not, this is the fact, 'tis so


A little later those gathered

There said to Peter, We assured

You are a disciple, for you

Are Galilean, it is true


For your speech, accent, shows you such

But Peter did curse and swear much

Denying Christ, I Him not know

This be my witness, it is so


Then the cockerel did crow again

Peter he did remember when

Jesus said to him, Cockerel twice

Shall crow [be]'fore you deny me thrice


Then he did think upon that word

That he had sure from Jesus heard

And went out and did bitter weep

Shepherd was denied by a sheep





  • FineB

    Hello Orchidee,

    A great poem on Peter's denial of Jesus in the last hours of his Jesus' life.

    What I find amazing is how God and Christ love us with their enduring love even at times when we disappoint with our actions and fall short of their standards!

    Keep writing Fine B!

    • orchidee

      Thanks Fine. It's true. Are we all fickle at times? For example, something or other distracts, or diverts us, or the 'problem' of suffering comes up, for Christians or non- Christians.

    • Neville

      a terrible tale of betrayal and true...

      • orchidee

        Thanks N.

        • Neville

          no problem whatsoever...

        • 1 more comment

        • Fay Slimm.

          How human was Peter of old as you aptly describe in your interesting poem dear Orchi - - thanks for the posting of what feat can do to a conscience.

          • orchidee

            Thanks Fay.

          • Goldfinch60

            That denial was meaningful though.

            • orchidee

              Thanks Gold.

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