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Happy Are The Meek

Happy All Saints' Day in advance! Here's a poem by Harry Kemp, as quoted by late archbishop Fulton Sheen in his book, The Cross and the Beatitudes: Lessons on Love and Forgiveness (more on this later):

"I saw the Conquerors riding by
With cruel lip and face wan:
Musing on kingdoms sacked and burned
There rode the Mongol Genghis Khan;

"And Alexander, like a God,
Who sought to weld the world in one:
And Caesar with his laurel wreath;
And like a thing from hell, the Hun;

"And leading, like a star the van,
Heedless of upstretched arm and groan,
Inscrutable Napoleon went
Dreaming of Empire and alone...

"Then all perished from the earth
As fleeting shadows from a glass,
And, conquering down the centuries,
Came Christ, the Swordless, on an ass."

(See also Happy Are The Meek II.)

by tree#138680 on Mon Nov 01 04 1:39 pm | profile



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