Thursday, June 6, 2013

Who Would Have Thought (rewrite)

Who would have thought the schemes of man
Could bring about our father’s plans?
Who would have thought that rage and strife
Would work for good and bring us life?

Who would have thought the cursed cross,
sin’s bitter wage, the hangman’s tree,
Would be our joy and our delight
the flag, the glory of the free?

Who would have thought the Lord of life
could lie so helpless in the grave?
Who would have thought that out of death
would come God’s mighty power to save?

sar 2013

Still needs a chorus.


  1. Is the rhyming scheme supposed to be different in the first verse..?

    I like how you've turned the ideas of 1 Cor 1:18 into a question.

    1. I don't think it matters that it changes. Do you?

    2. hmm... music might mitigate it, but it did stand out to me, for whatever that is worth.

  2. The rhyme structure does give the first verse a different feel from the other two.
    Sort of two distinct halves rather than the more integrated sense of two and three which seem more developed by contrast.
    A chorus would mitigate that contrast I think.
    Does it upset you too much if I say that the first association I get with the phrase 'the flag, the glory of the free' is to a United States national anthem?
    And the whole piece resonates for me with Acts 13:41 and thereabouts (which in turn reflects Habakkuk 1:5)