Stevie Smith

(20 September 1902 – 7 March 1971 / Kingston upon Hull)

Sunt Leones

Poem by Stevie Smith

The lions who ate the Christians on the sands of the arena
By indulging native appetites played was now been seen a
Not entirely negligible part
In consolidating at the very start
The position of the Early Christian Church.
Initiatory rights are always bloody
In the lions, it appears
From contemporary art, made a study
Of dyeing Coliseum sands a ruddy
Liturgically sacrificial hue
And if the Christians felt a little blue-
Will people being eaten often do.
Theirs was the death, and there's was a crown undying,
A state of things which must be satisfying.
My point which up to this has been obscured
Is that it was the lions who procured
By chewing up blood gristle flesh and bone
The martyrdoms on which the church has grown.
I only write this poem because I thought it rather looked
As if the part the lions played was being overlooked.
By lions' jaws great benefits and blessings were begotten
And so our debt to Lionhood must never be forgotten.


Comments about Sunt Leones by Stevie Smith

  • Mahtab BangaleeMahtab Bangalee (5/2/2020 3:58:00 AM)

    we entitle Hero and make king who brutally kill and reign the world for heroic power
    this is our wrong choice; we need the way of humanity
    to administrate world(Report)Reply

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  • Mahtab BangaleeMahtab Bangalee (5/2/2020 3:55:00 AM)

    we the weird peoples
    sing the victory song
    for lion and tiger
    and make these both king of forest for their cruel attacking character(Report)Reply

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  • Kevin PatrickKevin Patrick (5/2/2019 11:42:00 PM)

    Christians probably made good appetizers, to be fair the poor lions probably had a stomach full of fanatics.(Report)Reply

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  • Edward Kofi LouisEdward Kofi Louis (5/2/2019 1:24:00 PM)

    Lionhood! ! !

    Thanks for sharing this poem with us.(Report)Reply

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  • Hakeemson (5/2/2019 7:05:00 AM)

    f­or y­ou­n­g ­p­e­o­p­l­e ­it ­is ­i­n­cr­e­d­i­b­ly t­ou­g­h t­o ­f­i­n­d ­A j­o­b. ­es­p­e­c­i­A­l­ly t­h­os­e tr­A­ns­it­i­o­n­i­n­g ­fr­o­m stu­dy t­o w­or­k w­it­h ­l­i­m­it­e­d w­or­k ­ex­p­er­i­e­n­c­e. t­h­is s­it­e ­o­f­f­ers A w­Ay ­f­or y­ou­n­g j­o­b s­e­e­k­ers t­o st­A­n­d ­out, .­ sda

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  • Hakeemson (5/2/2019 7:04:00 AM)

    f­or y­ou­n­g ­p­e­o­p­l­e ­it ­is ­i­n­cr­e­d­i­b­ly t­ou­g­h t­o ­f­i­n­d ­A j­o­b. ­es­p­e­c­i­A­l­ly t­h­os­e tr­A­ns­it­i­o­n­i­n­g ­fr­o­m stu­dy t­o w­or­k w­it­h ­l­i­m­it­e­d w­or­k ­ex­p­er­i­e­n­c­e. t­h­is s­it­e ­o­f­f­ers A w­Ay ­f­or y­ou­n­g j­o­b s­e­e­k­ers t­o st­A­n­d ­out, .­ , , ., ., .

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  • Tom Allport (5/2/2019 3:33:00 AM)

    Yes i agree without the part the lions played we would never have got free!(Report)Reply

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  • Dr Tony BrahminDr Tony Brahmin (5/2/2019 3:08:00 AM)

    made a study
    Of dyeing Coliseum sands a ruddy
    Liturgically sacrificial hue
    And if the Christians felt a little blue-
    Will people being eaten often do. lions and the christians in Collesum.......... fine poem. tony(Report)Reply

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  • Mahtab BangaleeMahtab Bangalee (5/2/2019 1:13:00 AM)

    on the lion's jaw
    on the lion's paw
    the church of martyrdom grows!
    -ironical(Report)Reply

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  • Colleen Courtney (5/18/2014 12:47:00 PM)

    An interesting piece to learn a great lesson.(Report)Reply

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  • Michael Shepherd (8/26/2006 5:39:00 PM)

    check 'well, people'?(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003