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Monday
Mar172008

Poetry of the Cross: Jesus of the Scars

If we have never sought, we seek Thee now;
Thine eyes burn through the dark, our only stars;
We must have sight of thorn-pricks on Thy brow;
We must have Thee, O Jesus of the Scars.

The heavens frighten us; they are too calm;
In all the universe we have no place.
Our wounds are hurting us; where is the balm?
Lord Jesus, by Thy Scars we claim Thy grace.

If when the doors are shut, Thou drawest near,
Only reveal those hands, that side of Thine;
We know today what wounds are; have no fear;
Show us Thy Scars; we know the countersign.

The other gods were strong, but Thou wast weak;
They rode, but Thou didst stumble to a throne;
But to our wounds only God’s wounds can speak,
And not a god has wounds, but Thou alone.

—-Rev. Edward Shillito

Congregationalist minister Edward Shillito wrote this poem from the viewpoint of the maimed and suffering British soldiers returning from WWI.

More Poetry of the Cross

You are welcome to join me in my celebration of Poetry of the Cross if you wish. Just post a cross-centered poem any day of this week (or every day of this week) and send me the link to your poem. I’ll link back to your poem in the next Poetry of the Cross post.

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Reader Comments (5)

Oh, my. Beneath the Cross is a Rossetti poem I have not read before today. It's very good.

March 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLeslie

It's one that's sometimes overlooked, I think. Some of her other religious poetry requires less biblical literacy than that one in order to understand, and that might be why Beneath the Cross is less popular.

March 17, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterrebecca

Hi Rebecca. I actually broke out of my nonblogging to post a poem I wrote a few years ago. LOVE the poem you posted from Edward Shillito. Here is my URL. http://candyinsierra.blogspot.com/

March 17, 2008 | Unregistered Commentercandy

SPeaking of Rossetti, I like Goblin Market, though it is not overtly about the cross it sure speaks of one individual resisting temptation and sacrificing themself to save another out of love.


March 18, 2008 | Unregistered Commentermissmellifluous

I love Goblin Market, too!

March 18, 2008 | Registered Commenterrebecca

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