Rachel, Weeping For Her Children
The Holy Innocents
Feast Day of December 28
Words: William Chatterton Dix (1837-1865)
Music: Not Stated
Meter: 87 87 87 87
Source: William Chatterton Dix, ed., A Vision of All Saints (London: John Hodges, 1871), pp. 162-163.
1. Rachel, weeping for her children,
Flowers in early spring laid low;
None may comfort, none may cheer her,
Faint and pallid, full of woe.
Yet the slain are girt with triumph,
They shall swell the victor's song;
Theirs the crown with scarce a struggle,
First-fruits of the martyr-throng.
Bethlehem's streets are dark with mourning,
All is woe and wild despair;
But within the Heavenly City
John beholds a vision fair:
Little ones with palms rejoicing
In their happy, high estate,
Following with eager footsteps,
Christ, the Lamb Immaculate.
There, in that Eternal Country,
Men of peace have peace for aye;
There the sword is sheathed for ever,
Foes are banished far away.
Here, Lord, mortify within us
Vices which Thine Eye offend:
Keep us, children, pure and holy,
Constant, faithful, to the end. Amen.