Innocent Infants - Carol Series (16)


Tune: Divinum Mysterium

('Of the Father's love begotten')

Matthew 2 v.13-17

Holy Innocents Day - Dec. 28.


Joseph and Mary in dream warned

When King Herod's wrath it stormed

They with young child Jesus to flee

To Egypt for safety, see

For Herod would seek to destroy

Him midst massacre of boys

In murderous evil ploys


For Herod sent out the decree

When deceived by wise men, he

Did not get to see child Jeus

Who is Saviour unto us

But saying all boys under two

Should be slain, terrible due

In Beth'lem and districts too


Then was fulfilled the prophecy

Jeremiah did foresee

In Israel there was a voice heard

Lamentation, every word

And there weeping and great mourning

Rachel* weeping for offspring

Finding comfort in no thing


Why comfortless? Here the scene see

Young children have ceased to be

They are not, they be the Holy

Innocents, were killed cruelly

Remembering their suffering

That such great evil did bring

All for supposed rival King


* Rachel - mother-figure of Israel.

  • Author: orchidee (Offline Offline)
  • Published: December 28th, 2022 03:10
  • Comment from author about the poem: A Carol-Poem in 8.7.7. but not a joyful carol. This would not have been immediately after Christ's birth, as it says 'boys under two years' (verse 2).
  • Category: Spiritual
  • Views: 23


  • Neville

    a fine write o a not so fine day ..

    • orchidee

      Thanks, fine N.

    • Goldfinch60

      Good one Orchi.

      • orchidee

        Thanks Gold.

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