Holy Thursday



Is this a holy thing to see

In a rich and fruitful land,

Babes reduc’d to misery,

Fed with a cold and usurous hand?


Is that trembling cry a song?

Can it be a song of joy?

And so many children poor?

It is a land of poverty!


And their sun does never shine,

And their fields are bleak and bare,

And their ways are filled with thorns:

It is eternal winter there.


For where e’er the sun does shine,

And where e’er the rain does fall,

Babe can never hunger there,

Nor poverty the mind appall.