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The Butterfly (or) The Shadow of the Gallows Tree

Of all my writings, there are two that were written in 2 sittings, years apart. These were the first ones I ever wrote, and this one, interestingly enough, speaks of two births. While I had known the first, I had written of it but did not write of the second, which is the resurrection, until I had known it as well. It is therefore most befitting that the words of this writing came in two parts. The first part came only as a poem, words. It is all now a song though the music did come somewhere inbetween the two sittings.

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The Butterfly

The shadow of the gallows tree

Spreads darkly over the grave,

And in the dust I toss and turn,

Hoping He will save.

I know the work is good as done;

He did it all for me;

He laid my sins upon His Son,

Who suffered the gallows tree.

 

Some day I’ll be a butterfly,

No more to crawl or squirm,

But it’s His work, I can’t deny,

For I am but a worm.

 

The angels watch from up above

To see this work beneath;

When God has formed in me His love,

His holy sword He’ll sheath,

And glorious will be that day

When Jesus Christ is manifest,

The day for which the saints do pray,

The whole world will be blessed.

 

Dauphin, MB; 1978-79

 

And then…

The heavy stone is rolled away; I’ve risen from the earth.

I have new life and power now; I’ve had my second birth.

The day for Him to judge is here; I sit upon His throne;

He draws His sword a second time and I am not alone.

 

Yes, now I am that butterfly, no more to crawl or squirm,

But it’s His work, I can’t deny,

For I was but a worm…

Yes, it’s His work, I can’t deny,

For I was but a worm.

 

Lethbridge, AB; 1984-85

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