The truth of it struck me deeply and I want to share it with you.
(Listen to a clip of it here).
DescentSteve Bell and Malcolm Guite
They sought to soar into the skies
Those classic gods of high renown
For lofty pride aspires to rise
But you came down
You dropped down from the mountains sheer
Forsook the eagle for the dove
The other gods demanded fear
But You gave love
Where chiselled marble seemed to freeze
Their abstract and perfected form
Compassion brought you to your knees
Your blood was warm
They called for blood in sacrifice
Their victims on an altar bled
When no one else could pay the price
You died instead
They towered above our mortal plain
Dismissed this restless flesh with scorn,
Aloof from birth and death and pain
But You were born
Born to these burdens, borne by all
Born with us all 'astride the grave'
Weak, to be with us when we fall
And strong to save
The poem/song also inspired this painting by local artist, Faye Hall.
|"Descent" by Faye Hall - read story here|