Susan Williams


Oh Come Oh Come - Poem by Susan Williams

oh come oh come
hosts of heavenly angels
oh come
Cherubim and Seraphim
come
the child is lying
dying
gather round
spread your guardian wings
and fend off death
one more time
Elohim
one more time
.
oh come oh come
Raphael and Gabriel
oh come
bring the Glowing Ones
come
do not leave her
to face alone
the dark
and fearsome face
of the
boatman
waiting there
at the edge of her bed.
.
oh come oh come
all angels of light and life
oh come
ye of The Golden Dawn
come
hold her close
to your snowy breast
and sing your heaven
down to our earth
and save her
one more time
Elohim
one more time
.
oh come oh come
Emmanuel
she lies
so still
and
pale
oh come oh come
and stay death's
dark and greedy hand.
oh come oh come
Guardian Angels all
and guard
this child
throughout
this
long
dark
winter's
night.
.
~~ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~©susan williams, December 7,2011
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~published in A Stream of Poetry

Topic(s) of this poem: cancer in children, death, prayer

Form: Verse


Comments about Oh Come Oh Come by Susan Williams

  • Norah Tunney (6/21/2017 7:01:00 PM)


    Magnicent! ! ! ! ! ! ! oh come oh come- the great human cry of the human heart from all eternity.
    Absolutely Beautiful Susan.
    In the deep stillness of that advent night the angels came.
    It's stories such as these that give us hope in our own dark nights. It lifted my spirit this evening and brought me to my knees in gratitude. Full marks
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    Susan Williams Susan Williams (6/22/2017 2:58:00 PM)

    Norah, many beautiful and poetic comments are written in PH, but yours has to be the most beautifully poetic. Thank you, your words stirred me to the depths of me. Whenever I put my hand in the hand of our Creator, I lose all that fear and become still and listen for what he is going to do for us. Norah, thank you for your encouragement

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  • (6/4/2017 5:35:00 PM)


    Magnificent spiritual, desperation somehow precipitates a profoundly settled peace.
    Soaring, knowing, indeed, sacred words written by a great soul.
    Amen, Mighty Prayer Warrior, amen!
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    Susan Williams Susan Williams (6/5/2017 3:22:00 PM)

    Thank you, Frank, this one was written on my knees. Little niece was on the edge of death, not expected to make it through the night. God heard the prayers and she not only made it but is still alive today six years later. Cancer in children needs to be eradicated- -no parent should hear their child beg them to let them die.

  • Chinedu Dike (2/22/2017 7:26:00 AM)


    Piece of great elegance. Beautiful sonorous poem. Lovely adoration hymn. Writing for the edification of our Lord is the hallmark of ingenuity. Awesome poem for Awesome God. May your future be greater than your past and present would let you dream of. Thanks a Million times for this wonderful poem and do remain blessed. (Report) Reply

    Susan Williams Susan Williams (2/27/2017 4:04:00 PM)

    I do not understand why PH fails to notify me about new comments on my poetry- -fortunately I stroll through them every few months and check to see that I have answered all comments. Thank you so very much for your supportive comments- this is one poem that comes straight out of my life experiences and I was on my knees before the Lord. God bless you, Chinedu, for your kindness.

  • (1/10/2017 1:20:00 PM)

    beautiful tears
    I can't express how beautiful this poem is, lovely. ... death is also beautiful sometimes, and sometimes not much ugly as life. Angels are same (Report) Reply

    Susan Williams Susan Williams (1/10/2017 3:23:00 PM)

    Thank you, Muhammad Ali, for your warm appreciation of this hymn/poem. I always sing it when I read it. Have no idea what tune I use but as I can't sing worth a lick it really doesn't matter

  • Rebecca Navarre (11/4/2016 11:32:00 PM)


    Oh! How HEART Breaking! ! ! Tears My Eyes Up! THANK GOD! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ................
    She Is Well! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Many Blessings To Your Family! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Thank You DEARLY For
    Sharing This! ! ! ! Can't Express That Enough! ! ! ! ! ! Beyond 10sss! ! ! Bless You! ! !
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    Susan Williams Susan Williams (1/10/2017 3:06:00 PM)

    I wrote this in the middle of the night while praying for a child who was on the edge of death that night. That kind of thing tears a heart apart. And to think there are parents all over the world watching over the last minutes of their child's earthly life. Someday that will all be at an end

  • Clarence Prince (9/13/2016 9:37:00 AM)


    Oh come, oh come,
    all angels of light and life A great prayer, Susan!
    Blessings to you!
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    Susan Williams Susan Williams (9/13/2016 1:54:00 PM)

    Thank you for stopping by and reading and commenting. This one is a particular favorite of mine,

  • Valsa George (8/25/2016 12:43:00 AM)


    It is so heart wrenching to see innocents suffering from cancer. The cancer ward of children... I am so hesitant to visit as their agony and helplessness move me to tears.... I always think of those parents who are fated to see the slow suffering of children and finally watch their weak breath going still....! We can only implore the Heavenly intervention to save the innocent lives from the devilish hands of death...! A touching write where you pray for all child victims of that deadly disease! (Report) Reply

    Susan Williams Susan Williams (8/25/2016 3:32:00 PM)

    Valsa, I believe with you that it is worse to see or hear or imagine the suffering of children- they cannot but feel betrayed as their parents deliver them into the hands of the doctors and nurses who must hurt to try to heal. My niece went through this and there was one particular night that the odds were against her but she survived thanks to our Lord- -everything man could do had been done and now it was up to Him.... prayers help, they always help, one way or another. I wrote this that night as I prayed and prayed and prayed.

  • (7/10/2016 6:33:00 PM)


    I read this again, how did I miss the fact that this was poem of the day?
    I am not surprised! ! ! You are such a true poet...never at a loss for the right word, I look so forward to reading more of your poetry.
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    Susan Williams Susan Williams (7/11/2016 4:21:00 PM)

    Thank you, Bill. But I must confess I am often at a loss for that one exactly right word that will empower a line, evoke an atmosphere, ignite an emotion- - but I am nothing if not persistent and I hunt those words down till they whimper for mercy and give themselves up. Just call me Dead Eye Susan... or...Susie Sherlock. I look forward to the day your poem is featured- one of them will be, you know, cuz they are good and good will float to the top!

  • (6/15/2016 11:39:00 PM)


    A beautifully envisioned equally beautiful poem. Heartiest congrats for composing it and it's being rightfully selected as member poem of the Day. (Report) Reply

    Susan Williams Susan Williams (6/16/2016 1:52:00 PM)

    Ratnakar, Thank You for the very kind comment about my poem and for the sweetest congratulations on it being chosen Member Poem of the Day. I am thankful too that you are such a supportive member of PH

  • Subhas Chandra Chakra (6/15/2016 10:45:00 PM)


    bring the Glowing Ones
    come
    do not leave her
    to face alone
    the dark
    and fearsome face
    of the
    boatman
    waiting there
    at the edge of her bed.
    .
    A beautiful appealing poem. A very nice poem with a touch of divinity and passionate love.
    Thanks Susan for this lovely poem.
    10 Marks for it.
    Subhas
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    Susan Williams Susan Williams (6/16/2016 1:56:00 PM)

    Subhas, thank you for reading and commenting on this and the very pleasant compliment as well as the 10. You are a very encouraging fellow poet.

  • (6/15/2016 6:10:00 PM)


    When words are sincere,
    And pain hollows,
    The Angels listen,
    And the World follows,
    The sign of a great Poet.

    Well merited poem of the day
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    Susan Williams Susan Williams (6/16/2016 1:59:00 PM)

    Sandra, you are one of the angels! ! Always ready to listen to the poets here and guide them higher and higher and charm us with your loving nature! Thank you for your poetic comments- they always without fail make my heart smile!

  • (6/15/2016 10:33:00 AM)


    your prayer came across so emotionally. congrats on poem of the day (Report) Reply

    Susan Williams Susan Williams (6/15/2016 2:17:00 PM)

    Your congratulations and comment mean a great deal to me, Loke, especially since I admire the impact your powerful poetry have made not only on me but a large number of the members of PH.

  • B.m. Biswas (6/15/2016 10:07:00 AM)


    Awesome....God bless you.. (Report) Reply

    Susan Williams Susan Williams (6/15/2016 2:23:00 PM)

    Sk Nurul Huda...thank you for the blessing and for the congratulations. I'm afraid I've been jumping up and down like a schoolgirl ever since I saw my poem in the Member Poem of the Day box! ! !

  • Akachukwu Lekwauwa (6/15/2016 9:23:00 AM)


    ...very heartfelt write. Congratulations (Report) Reply

    Susan Williams Susan Williams (6/15/2016 2:28:00 PM)

    Akachukwu Lekwauwa, thank you so much for reading and feeling it and for the congratulations! It is a huge honor.

  • Kim Barney (6/15/2016 8:41:00 AM)


    What a magnificent poem! You have done a marvelous job with this one. An excellent choice for poem of the day! Congratulations, Susan! Well done. (Report) Reply

    Susan Williams Susan Williams (6/15/2016 2:45:00 PM)

    You are a serious poet and lover of poetry. I have come to know your feelings about Member Poem of the Day and not only do I appreciate the honor of having this poem selected I also am exceedingly honored by your comments on my poem and agreeing with its choice as POD! That is like getting the honor twice over! ! Thank you, Kim Barney for the attagirl!

  • Pamela Sinicrope (6/15/2016 7:59:00 AM)


    Congrats Susan.... Well deserved poem and poet! :) (Report) Reply

    Susan Williams Susan Williams (6/15/2016 2:48:00 PM)

    Thank you, dear Pamela..... those words coming from a poet of your stature are well appreciated! ! ! You are such a boon to this site!

  • Jasbir Chatterjee (6/15/2016 6:55:00 AM)


    Wonderful poem...Congrats on being poet of the day! It's a well-deserved award! (Report) Reply

    Susan Williams Susan Williams (6/15/2016 2:52:00 PM)

    Thank you, Jasbir, for the supportive words and congratulations! ! ! I treasure your words.

  • Kishore Kumar Das (6/15/2016 6:15:00 AM)


    The sensational prayer with the awesome appeal for the life of a child....duly recognised as the poem of the day......congrats to you..Susan... (Report) Reply

    Susan Williams Susan Williams (6/15/2016 2:57:00 PM)

    Thank you for reading and commenting. Your congratulations, Kishore, add to the day, that's for sure! ! !

  • Rajnish Manga (6/15/2016 4:01:00 AM)


    A very sincere, heartfelt and humble prayer to the gods for the safety and the life of a small girl in a serious condition. It will melt even the the stone hearted men and angels. Thanks.
    ]] she lies / so still / and / pale / oh come oh come / Guardian Angels all / and stay death's / dark and greedy hand.
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    Susan Williams Susan Williams (6/15/2016 3:15:00 PM)

    Rajnish! I am so honored by your words about this poem and your heart-felt concern for the child. Thank you for your kindness.

  • Bharati Nayak (6/15/2016 3:21:00 AM)


    I will thank Poem Hunter team for selecting this poem as the Poem of the Day because this poem has been penned from the core of a sympathetic heart for a child suffering from cancer.It touches the heart of every one whoever reads it.It has some universal appeal.Any one who has seen a child suffering from cancer or any serious disease where life delicately balances between hope and despair can relate how painful it is to see a child suffer in that way.
    Thank you dear Susan Williams for sharing this heart touching poem.
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    Susan Williams Susan Williams (6/15/2016 4:28:00 PM)

    Bharati, I cannot thank YOU enough for all the supportive comments you have made on my poetry since the first day I posted a poem on PH several several months ago. I believe you have been kind to many of the writers on this site and I know you have treated our work seriously and really dug deep into the lines of our work. By doing so, you have encouraged us to do better and better and better. So thank YOU, my dear Bharati!

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Poem Submitted: Monday, May 23, 2016

Poem Edited: Tuesday, May 24, 2016


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