In a Time of Confusion

Words from the work usually known as “Stainer’s Crucifixion”, by W. Sparrow Simpson.

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Gerokreuz, late 10th century, Cologne Cathedral. Source: Wikimedia Commons


Glory and honour,

Let the world divide and take them,

Crown its monarchs and unmake them.

Thou – Thou shalt reign.


W. Sparrow Simpson

In that hour

For our Lady of Sorrows

The Father for their joint purpose here the Son forsaken leaves,

To the utter death which is our sin and at which heaven can but grieve.

But for the one drop of water that is all within Hell’s bitter flame

He left the mother by the cross for tenderness in that pain.


Cherry Foster