Saturday 28 February 2009

A hymn for Lent

A hymn by Kim Fabricius

(Tune: Aurelia)

Baptised and Spirit-driven,
our Lord went forth inspired,
for all the unforgiven
to face the Satan’s fire;
he wrestled the temptation
for agonising hours,
of gaining our salvation
through soul-corrupting power.

He tested his vocation
with ruthless honesty,
without equivocation
he probed his inner “me”;
he fought his desert demons,
he battled with his beasts,
they left him for a season,
but did not leave in peace.

The devil bashed the Bible,
appealed to common sense;
but Jesus saw the libel:
“Go, Satan, get thee hence!”
No, Lord, you weren’t exempted
from Adam’s awful plight;
be there when we are tempted,
our forty days and nights.


Anonymous said...

Thanks for the hymn Kim. I preached today on Jesus identity forming struggle with temptation. You may be interested in the link.
It is heavily influenced by James Alison's recent essay on prayer - from his website

Anonymous said...

A Children's Lenten Hymn by Saint Egregious
(Sung to Old McDonald)

Mean old Satan was a grump, e-i-e-i-o
Sat sweet Jesu on a hickory stump, e-i-e-i-o
With a tempt tempt here and a tempt-tempt there
Here a tempt there a tempt, everywhere a tempt-tempt
Mean old Satan was a grump, e-i-e-i-o

Told Sweet Jesu he could be rich, e-i-e-i-o
Sweet Baby J 'buked that sonofabritch, e-i-e-i-o
With a left hook here and a right cross there,
Here a bam, there a blam, everywhere a slam-slam
Man that body cast sure do itch, e-i-e-i-o

Well, that's enough a that one. Thanks for the inspiration, Kim. That ole devil's a real hoot, that's what he is.

Doug said...

"he probed his inner 'me'"

Good grief, that is more painful than an "inner ma"

Ben Myers said...

Great work, Saint Egregious!

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