Lowly Shepherds

by Michael D Nalley   Dec 19, 2015

The shepherds in the song moved on
after the King left the manger.
The said threat to Herod seemed gone
that put innocence in danger.
The sworn sword He was sent to bring
is more powerful than the sun,
desired by any earthbound king,
yet individual wars not won.
In the mystery of life and death
the blood of the "Loving Lamb" regains.
The Spirit of His immortal breath
in the Divine Trinity remains.
The lion will lay down with the lamb
When the holy prince of peace returns
Lord, may I be worthy as I am.
for I have often strayed from your herd
seeking worldly things and their pleasures
with my back to the truth of your word
Lusting for what my body treasures.
You are more valuable than the gold
frankincense and myrrh that wise men brought
in the past biblical days of old
In the year of our Lord still sought

Author notes

It's from Isaiah 11:6: The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them.


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  • 2 years ago

    by Everlasting

    "seeking worldly things and their pleasures
    with my back to the truth of your word"

    ^ Dante in his poem the Divine Comedy believed the soul was like a child that was guided by things that bring him pleasure

    "like a child who weeps and laughs in sport;
    that soul is simple, unaware; but since
    a joyful Maker gave it motion, it
    turns willingly to things that bring delight.
    At first it savors trivial goods; these would
    beguile the soul, and it runs after them,
    unless there's guide or rein to rule its love. (Purg. XVI, 86-93)

    By reading your poem, it reminded me of those lines.

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