The Great War

from Herb o' Grace, an electronic edition

Pilgrims to the East

This Christmas-time my son will come,

God willing, to the Holy Place

And by the manger's little room

Will bend his knee and bow his face,

Eager, with shepherds and with kings,

For to behold the Holy Things.

The very child I made will see,

God willing, little Bethlehem,

The Garden of the Agony,

Olivet and Jerusalem

And climb to Calvary's sacred hill --

Ah, but the world is Calvary still!

My own son's feet the dust shall press,

God willing, where the Holy Feet

Passed on His Father's business:

And some high room above the street

Shall stir a memory of that Feast

Where He himself was Eucharist.

Yea, by the Gate called Beautiful

My son, my little son, shall go

And bathe in Siloam's healing pool.

Yet if God will not have it so

At least my son, in His high Name,

Has travelled towards Jerusalem.