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    Religious poetry

    I don't know the future
    But I know who holds it.
    Safe in His Arms at last.
    Through many trails and
    Burdens to bear,
    Safe am I at last.
    Through tempest boil
    And thunders blast,
    I am safe in His Grasp.
    Voices may blast and
    Temptation may last,
    But forgiven am I at last.
    Forgotten we are not,
    We are having a blast.

    Out of confusion and despair
    A great light hath shone
    To calm the tempest blown.
    For surely I am the Lord
    No greater God to be known.
    There is none beside me for
    I am alone. Only I can atone.
    As far as the heavens are above the earth
    I have made my word known.
    No longer am I unknown but shown
    For I have been sent to atone.
    I am known from the groan
    Of the fridge zone to Sierra Leone.
    For I am the builders stone to
    Break the bone that you might
    Pass the stone and be fully-grown.
    For this time is a passing zone
    Not to be fully shown but unknown.
    Be of good cheer and make known
    How you are shown and you shall not be alone.
    I shall be by your side and I shall not disown.

    Can The Lord redeem?
    A Life as lost as mine.
    Oh, that Love was mine,
    But the future is Thine.
    To hold and to be held,
    Everything in its time.
    To see the future is to
    Behold what is Thine,
    For surely this is Divine.
    For we are told we are
    The fruit of the Vine and
    Our fruit the proof of the Divine.

    Last edited by Krummhorn; Sep-16-2009 at 01:33. Reason: mpm

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    Let holy charity
    Mine outward vesture be
    And lowliness become mine inner clothing
    True lowliness of heart
    Which takes the humbler part
    And o'er its own shortcomings weeps with loathing.
    (Charles Wesley)

    I offer the above as an example of good religious poetry in the fervent hope that it will discourage you from writing any more of your own.

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    Not one of Wesly's better poems for sure.... I did not find ck_ quarterman 80 poem to be that offensive at all. appears more shakesperian( forgot the proper name for style) than the regular ryme and rthym we are used to reading.
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    On reflection I should have taken Wesley's advice and been more charitable. (Well, it was late, and I was tired). Even so, ck_quarterman80, I'm afraid I don't find your poem any more appealing in the cold light of day, not because it doesn't rhyme (it does!), but because it doesn't convey a coherent message and doesn't engage with my emotions in any way. But it's only my personal opinion, of course. "Each to his own" as Bill would say.

    PS I stand by my opinion that Wesley's verse (from "Come down O love divine") quoted above is exceptionally good poetry - skillfull use of language, very original imagery and a powerful message.
    Last edited by jhnbrbr; Sep-16-2009 at 11:05.

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    "I am known from the groan
    Of the fridge zone to Sierra Leone."

    You're no Ron Price.

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    This is the one I like, I had to learn it at school, many years ago.

    The Lamb

    by: William Blake (1757-1827)



    Little Lamb, who made thee
    Dost thou know who made thee,
    Gave thee life, and bid thee feed
    By the stream and o'er the mead;
    Gave thee clothing of delight,
    Softest clothing, woolly, bright;
    Gave thee such a tender voice,
    Making all the vales rejoice?
    Little Lamb, who made thee?
    Dost thou know who made thee?




    Little Lamb, I'll tell thee;
    Little Lamb, I'll tell thee:
    He is called by thy name,
    For He calls Himself a Lamb
    He is meek, and He is mild,
    He became a little child.
    I a child, and thou a lamb,
    We are called by His name.
    Little Lamb, God bless thee!
    Little Lamb, God bless thee!



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    Poems are made by fools like me,
    But only god can make a tree;

    And only god who makes the tree
    Also makes the fools like me.

    But only fools like me, you see,
    Can make a god who makes a tree.

    -Yip Harburg

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    Love bade me welcome, yet my soul drew back,
    Guilty of dust and sin.
    But quick-ey'd Love, observing me grow slack
    From my first entrance in,
    Drew nearer to me, sweetly questioning
    If I lack'd anything.

    "A guest," I answer'd, "worthy to be here";
    Love said, "You shall be he."
    "I, the unkind, the ungrateful? ah my dear,
    I cannot look on thee."
    Love took my hand and smiling did reply,
    "Who made the eyes but I?"

    "Truth, Lord, but I have marr'd them; let my shame
    Go where it doth deserve."
    "And know you not," says Love, "who bore the blame?"
    "My dear, then I will serve."
    "You must sit down," says Love, "and taste my meat."
    So I did sit and eat.

    -- George Herbert

    Possibly my favorite poem... A fitting description of God, which makes me wish I was still Christian.

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    Thanks for that - it brought a tear to the eye of this ex-Christian too!

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    I've seen it stated that the four canonical Gospels are similar enough in general to be clearly representative of the same events, but different enough in specifics to dismiss the possibility of prior collusion.

    For an alternate versified view of Jesus, there's The Ballad of the Goodly Fere by Ezra Pound. Excerpts follow:

    Simon Zealotes speak[s]... somewhile after the crucification

    Ha' we lost the goodliest fere o' all
    For the priests and the gallows tree?
    Aye lover he was of brawny men
    O' ships and the open sea

    When they came wi' a host to take Our Man
    His smile was good to see
    "First let these go!" quo' our Goodly Fere
    "Or I'll see ye damned," says he

    I ha' seen him drive a hundred men
    Wi' a bundle of cords swung free,
    That they took the high and holy house
    For their pawn and treasury

    If they think they ha' snared our Goodly Fere
    They are fools to the last degree
    "I'll go to the feast," quo' our Goodly Fere
    "Though I go to the gallows tree"

    A master of men was the Goodly Fere
    A mate of the wind and sea
    If they think they ha' slain our Goodly Fere
    They are fools eternally

    I ha' seen him eat o' the honey-comb
    Sin' they nailed him to the tree.

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    I'm surprised that I didn't know any of that poem from Charles Wesley
    since I'm a methodist myself. Us Methodist are well known for singing
    a Charles Wesley song. Love Divine is the one I like.
    judy tooley

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