And The Child Shall Lead Them: Part III

Shall you lead us ore the trail of tears, through our fears in coming years,
As wicked men thrive while they deprive all love, and babies burn alive?
Shall you mend broken heart, extend mercy forgotten, and our wounds attend?
Are you too young for such responsibility without duplicity; pure nobility?
Are your hands strong for such demands while darkness and death expands
As innocent blood flows in Promised Land, while we watch with no reprimand?
Shall the Star misguide us afar, or will your boon be the crescent moon?

Spirit Dove, send us peace;
Let all the wars cease.
Spirit Dove, send us love;
Let it rain from above.

One there was who hunger fed, his own life bled; thorn-crown upon his head;
And how now shall you bear all concerns and care, my young Shepherdess fair,
When ore the ages even gods and sages have been slain in unthinkable pain?
When across the times dross-filled men have nailed such love to rugged cross?
Will you, but child meek and mild, seek truth free and wild, to be reviled
With nowhere to stay as friends turn away, and even family refuse to pray?
Are you thus strong to guide the throng; tend your sheep while so many weep?

Spirit Dove, send us peace;
Let all the wars cease.
Spirit Dove, send us love;
Let it rain from above.

When bullets fly and so many die, tears flood the alley-ways and your days
Are spent in relentless grace-chores no one adores; all your work abhors,
And you tire, well-spent; long for fire of funeral pyre; your eyes glaze,
Once dancing and laughing, prancing and clapping, will you backward gaze,
Long for brighter days? Or stay your heavenly course by strength of force
To be our source of inspiration in animation of peace, consolation, and light
Streaming from God to humanity against all calamity and such vile vanity?

Spirit Dove, send us peace;
Let all the wars cease.
Spirit Dove, send us love;
Let it rain from above.

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