He was despised and left alone of men
Though He had come to share their sufferings,
And though He wished to shield them as a hen
Enfolds its frightened chicks beneath its wings.
Each day He walked here on His earthly way
Grief went with Him: grief for a fallen race,
Bonded to sin; grief for the pain that lay
Upon man’s life; grief for rejected grace.
For He was an embarrassment to man,
A corner-stone whom mankind must reject
Because He could not square with their beliefs;
They hid their faces, mocking rather than
Acknowledging the worth of God’s Elect,
Though He hath borne our sorrows and our griefs.