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If thou wilt foil thy foes with joy,

December 25, 2011

If thou wilt foil thy foes with joy,
Then flit not from this heavenly Boy.

THIS LITTLE BABE

This little Babe so few days old,
Is come to rifle Satan’s fold;
All hell doth at his presence quake,
Though he himself for cold do shake;
For in this weak unarmed wise
the gates of hell he will surprise.

With tears he fights and wins the field,
His naked breast stands for a shield;
His battering shot are babish cries,
His arrows looks of weeping eyes,
His martial ensigns Cold and Need,
And feeble Flesh his warrior’s steed.

His camp is pitched in a stall,
His bulwark but a broken wall;
The crib his trench, haystalks his stakes;
Of shepherds he his muster makes;
And thus, as sure his foe to wound,
The angels’ trumps alarum sound.

My soul, with Christ join thou in fight;
Stick to the tents that he hath pight [pitched].
Within his crib is surest ward;
This little Babe will be thy guard.
If thou wilt foil thy foes with joy,
Then flit not from this heavenly Boy.

– Robert Southwell, C.S. Lewis thoght he had the makings of a major Elisabethan poet, but his life was cut short, hung, drawn, and quartered as a traitor to Elisabeth I for entering her realm and conducting religious services without her permission. Pope Paul VI declared him to be a saint. The poem was set to music by Benjamin Britain. It is sung by the boys and men of the choir at King’s College Chapel, Cambridge University at Christmastime.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Southwell_(Jesuit)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_iDD7wqtwmM

(Phi 3:20-21 NKJ)  For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ,  21 who will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body, according to the working by which He is able even to subdue all things to Himself.

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