The Slaughter of the Holy Innocents

After ththree kings from Bethleham depart’d
An angel spoke to Joseph and impart’d
”Rise! To Egypt fly with child and mother
And remain til’ I shall bid you hither;
For Herod will seek the child to destroy.”
So Joseph by night made haste to hide thboy
Then Her’d perceiving ththree kings had duped him†
Dealt death to all thtown’s male babes life and limb
Fulfilled the prophesy†† Rachel’s mourning,
For thchildren who were not she’s bewailing
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Douglass Bartley
December 28, 2013
† The three kings had promised to report back to Herod on the newborn king, but dodged him on the way home.
†† Found in Jer. 31:15

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