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Friday, March 29, 2013

From Mark Mallett: Weep, O Children of Men!




Weep, O Children of Men!


 
WEEP, O children of men!
Weep for all that is good, and true, and beautiful.
Weep for all that must go down to the tomb
Your icons and chants, your walls and steeples.
 Weep, O children of men!
For all that is good, and true, and beautiful.
Weep for all that must go down to the Sepulcher
Your teachings and truths, your salt and your light.
Weep, O children of men!
For all that is good, and true, and beautiful.
Weep for all who must enter the night
Your priests and bishops, your popes and princes.
Weep, O children of men!
For all that is good, and true, and beautiful.
Weep for all who must enter the trial
The test of faith, the refiner’s fire.

…but weep not forever!

For dawn will come, light will conquer, a new Sun will rise.
And all that was good, and true, and beautiful
Will breathe new breath, and be given to sons again.



Those who go forth weeping, carrying sacks of seed,
will return with cries of joy,
carrying their bundled sheaves.
And I will rejoice in Jerusalem, and joy in my people:
and the voice of weeping shall be no more heard in her, 

nor the voice of crying.
(Psalm 126:6; Isaiah 65:19)