The End (is finished for some)


All shall quake; the earth shall shake for fear.
Cacophonous[1] cries and weeps of fear.
Who can persevere?! Who can persevere?!

Darkness, plague, and plight are nothing now, an inch of rain to the ocean.
Death and hail welcomed dear, compared to holy wrath.
O’ for the mountains to fall, to crawl into the grave, pleasures unbequeathed.

Sepulcher and tombs pining for their grave; prefer sleep to full rage!
Dies Irae,[2] a real blood bath; lo’ all doom is sure!
All is exposed, no grove of darkness now.

The path is fast, God’s wrath is sure, how do you ever hope to endure?
Every wrong ended, every right resplendent.
Never hastening, onward chasing, the end, it is sure.

An end of all pity and patience,[3]
No time to run, all is done,
Destruction of all pernicious powers.

The cup of wrath,
Shall be poured fast,
And drank down to the dregs.

All your deeds will be recounted, all your riches to be spilled, be spoiled.
No chance reprisal, no pro se,[4] all shall end that day.
Eternal hades never waning, who is there to do explaining?!

All laid bare, compare perfection, and dash the hope of resurrection.
Day of wrath, of retribution, where is my hope of cons’lation?
Saving solace, be not found on any man laid in the ground.

Only One from thence did raise, be any hope to thee contr’ve.
Slain in flesh yet rose in power, this one hope of dark hour.
Day of wrath, of retribution, You good Lord my one cons’lation.

Boldly come now I, no wrath to fear, no pro se, for You have been my proxy.[5]
I, in You, which is perfection, now sweet resurrection!
This my sure hope, my solid ground, when all ‘bout me veh’mence.

Look on me, my innocence flee, look to Christ my innocence and life!
This my one hope and solace be, that You did die for me.
Peace by Your punishment, blessed because You bruised.

Day of wrath, endured.
Punishment paid; from the cross You finished it.
The end is done, for some.

Solemnity[6] in the wake of such thoughts bestow.
Awake, and break, yes, stir my heart again.
O’ Lord, I believe, help thou my unbelief, amen.


[1] It has a discordant or jarring sound.
[2] Latin for “day of wrath.”
[3] See II Esdra 7:32-33.
[4] This refers to a person representing himself or herself without a lawyer in a court proceeding.
[5] This refers to someone who acts on someone else’s behalf, speaks for them, or is their substitute.
[6] That is, a gravity and earnestness to all of life.

About Paul O'Brien

I am a lot of things; saint and sinner. I struggle and I strive. I am a husband and father of three. I have been in pastoral ministry for 10 years. I went to school at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary but most of my schooling has been at the School of Hard Knocks. I have worked various jobs, including pheasant farmer, toilet maker, construction worker, and I served in the military. My wife and I enjoy reading at coffee shops, taking walks, hanging out with friends and family, and watching our three kid's antics. :)

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