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Old 04-26-2013, 06:39 PM
 
Location: Florida
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A Classic and deeply meditative poem - perhaps my favorite poem among the classics. It's message is quite beautiful. You might need a box of tissues when you get to the end. . .

The gates of paradise

From the grave-bed and the winding sheet
Is a long way for dead feet
A dark road for dead eyes
That leads to the gates of paradise

When Judas’ soul went through the night
To knock on Hades gate
His way over the whin-pricked moor
And the noise of the wind was great

He had no lantern to his feet
Nor candle in his hand
Such as God gives to every man
That dies at the time planned

The angels sit in highest heaven
And trim the lamps of God
And all day long make the lights for those
That travel deaths dim road

And when the cross is on thy bosom
The chrism on thine eyes
Thy angel will bear down thy night
Out of the starry skies
And thou therewith shalt walk by night
Safely to paradise

But whoso doth so deadly sin
To cast his life away
Finding his lamp not lit betimes
Walks through the midnight grey

For a long time night and half a day
Did Judas walk alone
Through the utter dark, for in that place
Is neither sun or moon

For a long night and half a day
Did Judas vainly seek
To reach the gates of paradise
The salt tears on his cheek

With that he saw a candle gleam
Borne by a hasty man
And Judas caught him by the cloak
So swiftly as he ran

O let me walk with thee, kind friend
I grope, I fail, I fall
I have no lamp nor candle-light
And the night is over all

Full gladly, so thou make good speed,
I run to keep tryst
That was given to me at the gates of hell
By sweet king Jesus Christ

I am the thief who God forgave
On Calvary bitter tree
For “to-night,” he said thou shalt rest thine head
In paradise with me

And I am the man that sinned such a sin
As the world remembers not
That sold for a price the lord of life
Judas Iscariot

Now God forbid, thou damned wretch
That ever this should be
That I should tryst with Jesus Christ
In the company of thee

The first robber went his way,
And Judas walked alone
Mirk, mirk was the black midnight
That heavy wind made moan

Right so there came a second man
Was walking by the road
O brother let me share thy light
As far as Hell’s abode

Now well I fear, my brother dear
Thou never wilt walk with me
I am that thief which railed on Christ
All on his bitter tree

I cast shame on king Jesus then
Wearing his painful crown
And scorn upon his royal head
Whence the pale sweat dripped down

O Rudd-red were the five blest wounds
Where nails and spear went in
A thousand, thousand years of purgatory fire
Never can cleanse my sin

Why never I wee’ said Judas then
Did two such sinners meet;
I sold King Christ to the bloody Jews,
That pierced his hands and feet

Art thou that man groth the robber
Most cursed under the skies
God do so with me if I go with thee
To the gates of paradise

The second robber went his way
And Judas walked alone
Till he was aware of a grey man
That sat upon a stone
And the lamp he had in his right hand
Shone brighter than the moon

Come hither, come hither thou darkling man
And bear me company
This lamp I hold will give us light
Enough for thee and me

Judas walked with the grey-clad man
And fear is in his heart
Speak yet again thou man in grey
And tell me what thou art

I bought a burden of deadly sin
And needs must pay the price
I bear it hither in my hand
To the gates of paradise

Sin cannot lie upon thy heart
So heavy as on mine
Nay, sinner whosoever thou art
Tis a heavier load than thine
He hath not asked Judas’ name
And Judas makes no sign

If sin is heavy on thy heart
And I must bear its weight
It is fit that we should go together
To tryst at Hades gates

Judas walked with the grey-clad man
And feared to tell his name
He clasped his hand in the barren land
Bright burned the lanterns flame
Brotherli-wise and hand in hand
To paradise they came

Satan looked out from Hades gate
His hand upon the key
Good souls before I let you in
First tell me who ye be

We be two men that died of late
And come to keep hell tryst,
This is Judas Iscariot
And I am Jesus Christ

Written by Dorothy L. Sayers


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Old 04-26-2013, 11:32 PM
 
Location: Tucson, Arizona
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I knew that it would be Jesus. I love the metaphor.
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Old 04-27-2013, 12:05 AM
 
Location: Florida
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I think it's such a moving poem. Who could have a worse fate in life than that of Judas Iscariot? And who of us would have felt deeply cursed to have such a wretched lot in life than his. And who but Jesus could forgive Judas? And how deep and wide and beyond all we can imagine is the love of God? Thank you for commenting.
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Old 04-27-2013, 07:02 AM
 
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I think it's such a moving poem. Who could have a worse fate in life than that of Judas Iscariot? And who of us would have felt deeply cursed to have such a wretched lot in life than his. And who but Jesus could forgive Judas? And how deep and wide and beyond all we can imagine is the love of God? Thank you for commenting.

Thank you for posting that beautiful poem and sharing the gospel (good news) today, Heartsong.
May it bring peace to many an aching heart out there.
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Old 04-27-2013, 07:12 AM
 
Location: Tucson, Arizona
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If Jesus can forgive Judas, and He can and did on the cross, who would be turned away? God's love is truly amazing, His grace is amazing. He will replae all our bitterness with His joy some day. Because we are flesh, we look around us and see pain and misery. But it is only a phase and if we can just keep our eye on the prize, we know that this is all very temporary. Love will indeed transform the universe in due time.
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Old 04-27-2013, 09:29 AM
 
Location: Florida
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Thank you for posting that beautiful poem and sharing the gospel (good news) today, Heartsong.
May it bring peace to many an aching heart out there.
Bless you, Sparrow. I posted it on my Facebook page and our friend John "liked" it. BTW, I ran across the link for his old forum and visited there the other day. I will send it to you via PM.
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Old 04-27-2013, 09:39 AM
 
Location: Florida
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If Jesus can forgive Judas, and He can and did on the cross, who would be turned away? God's love is truly amazing, His grace is amazing. He will replae all our bitterness with His joy some day. Because we are flesh, we look around us and see pain and misery. But it is only a phase and if we can just keep our eye on the prize, we know that this is all very temporary. Love will indeed transform the universe in due time.
I agree. I was watching this story about a man who raped and murdered three women - a mother and two daughters - and what pain that wrought to the father and husband. The man was caught and got the death penalty. And Paula Zahn asked him if he felt the man got justice. And the husband replied - justice would only be if they could be alive again. And I was quite astonished by this man who, during the program interview, was even looked at in the beginning as a possible suspect in the killings, and yet he never did rail once on the perpetrator. All the husband would say is how every day was so painful for him living without his daughters and his wife and how he had to find courage everyday to go on living. Most people in these kind of interviews are filled with terrible rage against the perpetrator, but I never did hear that from this man - just complete brokenness. The killer was put to death in 2011 - and rightly so, IMO. A lot of liberal people are against the death penalty - but I'm not, and the reason why I'm not is because we all have the death penalty ultimately and by putting offenders to death, we can prevent possible future victims of heinous crimes. Yet I do have hope that the man who killed those women will find forgiveness at the appropriate time. Paul, according to his own testimony murdered many Christians and did it in the name of God even. My point here is that the wrath of man does not bring about the righteousness of God. And it is really hard for us to imagine God loving monstrous men - but you know God even had King Nebuchadnezzar to repent after he showed him that he was like a wild animal.
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Old 04-27-2013, 11:19 AM
 
Location: Pikeville, Ky.
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Beautifully said poem, great message.
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Old 04-29-2013, 08:37 AM
 
Location: Minnesota
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satan does not hold the key! satan is not in charge of Hades.
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