For pride and place, for power’s spell,
For thirty bits of silver,
We galloped through the gates of hell,
Chanting — ‘There’s no Forever!’

‘Gone the lions far from home,
Gone the Christian martyrs!
Gone the purple popes of Rome,
Gone the Stabat Maters!’

‘Where, now, Jerusalem the Golden 
And the cries on Calvary?
What mother now weeps for her son,
Her Son nailed to a Tree?’

10 thoughts to “GONE THE LIONS [*POEM*]”

  1. A beautiful fragment with mood music. No more. Not a “religious” poem in any sense … but rather the sad thoughts of some Doubting Thomas (hence the inverted commas) who went astray and lost his moral bearings. Like Judas Iscariot:

    “We galloped through the gates of hell,
    Chanting — ‘There’s no Forever!’

    Basically, the message of the poem (for me) is a serious one and touches on the most important principle underlying EVERY world religion except Judaism: the belief in an afterlife., i.e. a belief in the immortality of the soul.

    This belief is perfectly compatible with Deism, which is against Orthodox Christianity, Churchianity, and all the frills and fancies of Dogmatic Religion. Voltaire, Thomas Paine, and even Darwin to a certain degree, were Deists — either believing or being sympathetic to the idea of the ‘Logos’: that the universe was rational, meaningful, and that Mind preceded Matter.

    In other words, there is a MIND behind the Universe. Without a Great Mind, no material Universe could possibly have arisen or evolved in the way it has.


    1. @ Montecristo

      I am surprised by your unexpected opening comment, since you generally stand aloof and seldom share your thoughts with the commenters here, for reasons well known to me.

      1. The fundamental truth underlying all the great world religions, as you say, is the belief in the immortality of the soul. Which implies a life after death and the continuation of individual consciousness. Including a reunion after death with one’s family members and dearest loved ones. Lasha has touched on this subject in great detail in a long 2-part article on Blake, Swedenborg and Leonardo da Vinci:


        The belief in an afterlife beyond the grave is found in Vedic Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, and core Christianity as Christ preached it before the Catholic Church began to add dogmatic touches to it.

        I refer in particular to St Paul, St Augustine, the early Church Fathers, and St Thomas Aquinas. Please note. I’m not saying all these later thinkers corrupted and ruined Christianity. On the whole, they enriched it and gave it context. But there were also horrible deviations and corruptions, especially the Inquisition and the physical persecution of “heretics” that led to the Protestant Reformation initiated by the rebellious German monk Martin Luther.

        The Reformation, however, brought with it even worse corruptions. Such as Calvin and his grim doctrine of Predestination. And now we are in a dreadful situation where the simple core Christianity of Christ and his original disciples has been subverted and uglified beyond recognition.

      2. @ Sister Monica

        Well said, Sis! You speak to the converted. 🙂

        I sincerely hope that the Christ Haters who hate Lasha Darkmoon and Christianity will have the self-control to refrain from all abusive comments on Christianity here. Their mockery and contempt makes them loathsome to me. It’s because they attack ALL Christians for being what we are not. They have no idea what we actually believe in and sneer at us for believing in things that exist only in their own fevered imaginations.

        This is why I wish these fools to remain silent. Out of common decency. No one has a right to mock Lasha Darkmoon for her deepest religious convictions.

      3. “No one has a right to mock Lasha Darkmoon for her deepest religious convictions.

        But they will! Mark my words, they will. 🙂

        If Jesus Christ had a grave, they would dance on it. And hold orgies on it. That’s the way they are, these mentally unhinged onanists.

  2. Sister Monica

    Why don’t you go to church, BE QUIET and pray or light candles, whatever. Whatever you do, DON’T TALK. BE QUIET. BE A SAINT 😇 and do everyone a favor and STOP TALKING. 😀

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