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July 15, 2009

With calm no living man could have rehearsed,
no thought of such a thing could he have durst:
The destroying Angel, sword ready overhead,
A face pitiless with almighty dread,
he saw, and went on threshing.
Four men hid, for to each so did his conscience bid;
but the sanguine Jebusite went on threshing,
because it was his work at hand,
and because he was a man who sacrificed
as a man who did not own.
From the Angel he sensed no required attention;
From his king, he withheld no obeisance.
He completed his work, his threshing,
then surrendered his works without question.
His king dreaded the Angel whom he dreaded not:
For conscience delivered to each man his own power;
and so, a threshing place became a sanctuary.

  1. Vic permalink
    July 15, 2009 1:02 pm

    Very nice take on First Chronicles 21. You have not lost the musical ear! (And I’m impressed that you could get Dragonbrain to hear it).

  2. July 15, 2009 1:29 pm

    Translation: This is the first poem I have composed entirely by dictation using Dragon NaturallySpeaking voice-recognition software.

  3. Heidi permalink
    July 16, 2009 7:24 am

    Lauren, the wording in the KJV is such that the detail of Onan’s continuance in threshing, and all the implications that you have brought out so vividly, never entered my mind. When I looked it up in the NKJV I see that ‘Onan went on threshing’ — calm no one could have rehearsed indeed! What a beautiful detail; thank you for this picture of it.

  4. July 16, 2009 7:46 am

    Heidi, his name is given as Araunah in 2 Samuel and Ornan in 1 Chronicles. The poem traces the narrative of 1 Chronicles in the NKJV, but I like the name Araunah.

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