“A Man of Exile”
A poem by Rev. Hugh Blunt
Little Jesus, close Thy lids
in the shades of pyramids;
cuddle in Thy Mother’s breast,
fear is fled, now calmly rest.
Little Jesus, Holy One,
child Who art my foster-son,
I have led Thee weary miles,
saving Thee from Herod’s wiles,
O’er the burning Afric’ sand
into Egypt’s bondage land,
where our sainted fathers slaved,
ere the God of Justice saved.
Child of her, my virgin spouse,
whom the humble barn did house,
lowlier dwelling here give I,
couch of sand beneath the sky.
Jesus, must it ever be
pain and poverty for Thee?
Oh, my love would rear a throne
richer than the Pharaoh’s own;
I would build for Thee and her,
I, a lowly carpenter,
palaces of precious stone,
where we three might dwell alone.
Little one, I do but dream
of the things that pleasant seem.
What would we with kingly home,
we who bidden are to roam?
What would we with joys of earth,
we who knew whence Thou hadst birth?
Life is but an Egypt night,
where we yearn for morning’s light;
life is but a bondage place,
till we see Thy Father’s Face.
Bondage—ah, but, Little Child,
Thou hast made our bondage mild.
Into bondage have I led
Her and Thee my worshipped;
But when comes the Lord’s command,
back to Thine own Holy Land
I will lead Thee, Little Slave,
there to die, my soul to save.
Then, my Jesus, Thou wilt be
Guardian of her and me,
leading us from Egypt’s night
into God’s eternal light.
Cute poem, too bad it is full of falacies. Pyramids where never mentioned in the bible. Abraham let on to the pharoes his wife Sarah was his sister so they wouldn’t kill him for her since she was so pretty. Abraham was not treated as a slave, as a matter of fact, the pharoah’s gave him land and cattle for his sister(wife).Truth is, Abraham was one hell of a con man when he entered egypt.
To other Saints Our Lord seems to have given power to succor us in some special necessity - but to this glorious Saint, I know by experience, He has given the power to help us in all. Our Lord would have us understand that as He was subject to St. Joseph on earth - for St. Joseph, bearing the title of father and being His guardian, could command Him - so now in Heaven Our Lord grants us all his petitions. I have asked others to recommend themselves to St. Joseph, and they, too, know the same experience...
Autobiography, VI, 9