Praying for Lucy

24 Apr 2022 | Our Father, Believers | 0 comments

Come down, O Christ, and help me! Reach thy hand,

For I am drowning in a stormier sea

Than Simon on thy Lake of Galilee:

The wine of life is spilt upon the sand,

Me heart is in some famine-murdered land

Whence all good things have perished utterly,

And well I know my soul in hell must lie

If I this night before God’s throne should stand.

‘He sleeps perchance, or rideth to the chase,

like Baal, when his prophets howled that name

from morn to noon on Carmel’s smitten height.’

Nay, peace, I shall behold, before the night,

The feet of brass, the robe more white than flame,

The wounded hands, the weary human face.


Oscar Wilde, (1854-1900), E Tenebris, which means ‘Out of Darkness’.


Notes from the Compiler

The famous poet and playwright was an advocate of the amoral movement, 'art for art's sake'. He was imprisoned for two years hard labour for homosexual practices (1895-97), and spent most of that time in Reading Gaol. In September 2023 Lucy Letby was sentenced to life imprisonment.


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