Advent Hymn

Tune: Helmsley

No one comes with clouds descending,
None for favoured sinners slain.
Not a single saint attending
In that non-existent train.
Dr Jenkins
Expels them with superior brain.

Genderless the dazzling body,
Deep the bones in unknown tomb.
Innocent of wonder working,
Offspring of no virgin womb.
What we are asking
Is of interest to whom?

Yea, Amen! Let all ignore him,
Neither praise nor denigrate.
All this vain attention-seeking
Is so cheap and second rate.
Enfant terribles
Are absurd at eighty eight.

IPM David Jenkins, sometime Bishop of Durham in the Church of England 
(26 January 1925 – 4 September 2016)

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