Saint John Baptist (William Drummond)
Bij de derde zondag van de Advent
Johannes de Doper door Rafaël, ca.1518
Saint John Baptist
The last and greatest Herald of Heaven’s King
Girt with rough skins, hies to the deserts wild,
Among that savage brood the woods forth bring,
Which he more harmless found than man, and mild.
His food was locusts, and what there doth spring,
With honey that from virgin hives distill’d;
Parch’d body, hollow eyes, some uncouth thing
Made him appear, long since from earth exiled.
There burst he forth: All ye whose hopes rely
On God, with me amidst these deserts mourn,
Repent, repent, and from old errors turn!
—Who listen’d to his voice, obey’d his cry?
Only the echoes, which he made relent,
Rung from their flinty caves, Repent! Repent!
William Drummond (13 december 1585 - 4 december 1649)
Hawthornden Castle, waar William Drummond werd geboren.
Zie voor de schrijvers van de 14e december ook mijn vorige twee blogs van vandaag.