Leslie Coulson

(1889 - 1916 / England)

Judgment - Poem by Leslie Coulson

So be it, God, I take what Thou dost give,
And gladly give what Thou dost take away.
For me Thy choice is barren days and grey.
Unquestioning Thy ordered days I live,
I do not seek to sift in Reason's sieve -
Thou rangest far beyond our Reason's sway.
We are but poor, uncomprehending clay,
For Thou to mould as Thou dost well conceive.

But when my blanched days of sorrow end,
And this poor clay for funeral is drest,
Then shall my soul to Thy Gold Gate ascend,
Then shall my soul soar up and summon Thee
To tell me why. And as Thou answerest,
So shall I judge Thee, God, not Thou judge me.

Comments about Judgment by Leslie Coulson

  • Terry Craddock (12/9/2015 12:20:00 AM)

    Well this confirms it, must be getting old older, immediately upon reading this, I felt it was a soldier's poem written during the Great War; had that solders indifference fatalism despair of World War One laced all through it, thus upon checking I was not surprised to find out that Leslie Coulson volunteered almost immediately for active service, and was killed in action in 1916.
    Therefore I feel I need not comment upon the sonnet, a little silent reflection reveals the source behind the emotive meaning and the final lines. No I do not think Leslie Coulson was an arrogant man, probably lucky not to go insane or suffer shell shock after combat he had seen, but then killed in action was sometimes a choice for those who think and had seen too much, thus 10+++
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  • Susan Williams (12/8/2015 11:55:00 PM)

    Takes an arrogant man who thinks he would address the powerful Creator of the Universe and all that is in it in such a pathetic display - it's almost beyond belief (Report) Reply

  • (12/8/2015 11:16:00 PM)

    I read this couple of days ago hmmmmm (Report) Reply

  • Kim Barney (12/8/2015 4:12:00 PM)

    Loved the poem until I got to the last two lines, and then was stunned at the statement made:
    And as Thou answerest,
    So shall I judge Thee, God, not Thou judge me.

    This ruined the poem for me.
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  • Edward Kofi Louis (12/8/2015 1:01:00 PM)

    Days of sorrow! With the ways of life. Nice work. (Report) Reply

  • (12/8/2015 9:48:00 AM)

    Marvelously penned devotional song praising the Creator and expressing unconditional surrender to Him till the day of reckoning. Enjoyed reading. Thanks for sharing on PH. (Report) Reply

  • Juwon Daniel (12/8/2015 4:46:00 AM)

    perfect written...... (Report) Reply

  • (12/8/2015 3:19:00 AM)

    content is good..... (Report) Reply

  • Alem Hailu G/kristos (12/8/2015 2:38:00 AM)

    Yes we don't know God's time table and his wonders.We will understand when he lets us comprehend the meaning! What a penmanship! (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, April 12, 2010

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