Martyr Manifest


Tune: Tempus Adeste Floridium

[The time has come for flowers]

(Hymn tune of 'Good King Wenceslas')

Acts 7 v.54-60 - For St Stephen's Day: Dec 26


Stephen, he a martyr bold

Let the story be told

The crowd raged at him, but he

Looked to heaven, did see

Being full of the Spirit

His spiritual sight lit

Saw glory of God, did view

Jesus at God's right hand too


He said, Behold, I do see

Heavens opened, there be

The Son of man next to God

He who this earth has trod

Then crowd cried out with one voice

To assault him, their choice

They cast him out of city

Jerusalem it be


The stoned him, and witnesses

Laid down their coats, true this

At a young man's feet named Saul

Later was named as Paul

And they stoned Stephen, and he

Prayed to God fervently

Saying, Lord Jesus, receive

My spirit, I do believe


Then he kneeled down and with loud

Voice, thus so heard the crowd

Said, Lord, lay not this sin to

Their charge, but forgive, do

When he said this he did die

Though for him by and by

Was as peaceful sleep, release

Woke to glories that ne'er cease


  • Author: orchidee (Offline Offline)
  • Published: December 26th, 2023 03:16
  • Comment from author about the poem: A hymn-poem in
  • Category: Spiritual
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  • sorenbarrett

    A great message Orchi. That from the tragedy of one could come the conversion of another even greater and that forgiveness is a stepping stone to greater things.

    • orchidee

      Thanks SB. Yes, such a waste on the face of it. He had just given a brilliant long 'sermon' of Israel's history.

    • Thomas W Case


      • orchidee

        Thanks T.

      • Bobby O

        Brutality w a graceful stroke.

        • orchidee

          Thanks B.

        • Goldfinch60

          Good one Orchi.

          • orchidee

            Thanks Gold.

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