Lectionary Poetry – Seventh Sunday After Pentecost (Year C)

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*** Revised Common Lectionary ***

Lectionary Reading:
Genesis 18: 20-32



Abraham Surveying Sodom

(Found in The Beauties of Modern Sacred Poetry,
Wm. McCombie, Ed.  Aberdeen, 1852)

The sun had risen on Jordan’s sacred flood ,
Tinged the blue mountain- tops, and blushed upon
The purple mantled sky, when , slow and sad,
The lingering patriarch entered Zoar.
And now Abram the faithful gat him up and stood
On Mamre’s hill , where in the evening shade,
( Presenced with God in colloquy sublime)
He urged with awe his iterated plea
For guilty Sodom, wallowing in her crimes.
To hold high converse with celestial powers,
Or rapt in thought profound to scale the heavens,
And count the sapphires of the firmament.
Here holy visions met the prophet’s eye,
The burning furnace, and the lamp of flame,
Portending all the fortunes of his seed
The kilns of Egypt, and the guardian care
Of Him who led them through the wilderness
And Jordan’s flood to Canaan’s promised land.
Here would he feed his eye on verdant plains,
Sodama’s green retreats, that watered well,
Bloomed like an another Eden, from the banks
Of teeming Nilus to umbrageous Zoar,
And Siddin’s vale irriguous. Ah, how changed !
A lovely scene no more. Where plenty smiled ,
And laughing pleasure led the jocund hours ,
Sulphureous vapors, flame and pitchy smoke
Ascend in volumes dire. All -patient heaven
Wearied at length, upon the sons of pride
And sloth had poured the sudden vengeance down ;
Whelming her towers, and fanes idolatrous
In one promiscuous ruin.

*** This poem is in the public domain,
and may be read in a live-streamed worship service.


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