A Song for Epiphany

Wake up, Jerusalem!
© D. J. Hayman (December 2007 )

Magi are riding into town—Wake up, Jerusalem!—
Necks craning, studying the skies,
Hearts pounding as the stars align!
Scribes, scattering, search through the scrolls;
They know when Herod’s restless that heads will roll;
But, smooth as a snake, he feigns his delight,
“Find the Child and show me; He’ll be precious in my sight.
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2
“Dismount, we’ll go from here on foot.”  (Hush now, O Bethlehem.)
“Here’s the house.  Come now on your knees;
We’ve brought our gifts to worship His Majesty.
A prophet’s voice still echoes through our land:
‘Dynasties shall rise and fall, and crumble into sand;
But then shall appear, before the Ancient of Days,
An everlasting Ruler worthy of all praise.'”
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3
Soldiers, marching in a line—Mourn now, O Bethlehem!—
Swords flash; screaming shatters sleep!
Infancy aborted; Rachel weeps!
Fear runs rampant, swallows up hope;
Blackness advances the light to choke;
But this is the Light which shines in the dark:
The darkness cannot overcome, nor even glimpse Its heart.
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4
Water dripping from His brow—Wake up, Jerusalem!—
Heavens opened, the Spirit, as a dove,
Abides on Him—Hear the words from above!
This is the Son, the Light of the world:
Gleaming in the wedding cup; Glory on the mountain top!
As dust ’round His feet lie the strongholds of hell,
Stripped of their power by the Love that conquers all.
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