PEACE AT LAST
If you believe in Jesus, Prince of Peace,
Then surely you’ll have naught to do with war
And do all that you can to bring surcease
To what the Son of God would most deplore.
Those onward-marching soldiers in the song
Are but a metaphor ineptly framed,
Who should have been a gaily-dancing throng
Who celebrate the lions Jesus tamed.
The lion and the lamb lie down as friends
No longer seen as predator and prey
And in this new-found concord make amends,
Pledging from such repose they’ll never stray.
When Earth is cleansed of violence and war,
Then we’ll reclaim the Edenic world of yore.