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Affliction of Assyria

The sun had grown dark on that fearful day
When Rabshakah, the Assyrian entered the fray;
Their armor and weapons glittered like gold
As they surged ’cross the plains to storm Israel’s fold.

But Hezekiah the king sought the Lord in prayer
To beseech God Almighty, His mercy to share;
The Lord would respond, then gave His command
To smite the Assyrian and deliver the land.

The Assyrian hordes were filled with flawed pride
Their faith in false gods, their treacherous guide;
They mounted their horses to charge for the gain
In their lust for the power that would end in pain

For the angel of death smote Sennacherib’s camp
And the fires of war were put out like a lamp;
The fields of green grass were transformed to a flood
That flowed on the ground as rivers of blood.

The legions lay dead with their eyes opened wide
And the host of their horses lay dead at their side;
The wind stole their cry from the pride of their breath
And gave its revenge in the silence of death.

The sons and the wives in their sorrow now weep
For the sickle of death had a harvest to reap;
The battle was won by the grace of the Lord
Who humbles the proud with the truth of His Word.

Isaiah 36 and 37





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  1. Date: 8/9/2014 9:58:00 AM

    What can i say, Elizabeth,, after the poetry..i read the comments and it is all there, the accolades those deserved, i dwell on your poetry, and see you in there, your battles, those that have created possible some of the finest poetry ever wrote....Being human we tend to measure, whatever we do,,but i know in poetry your better than number 2...
  1. Date: 8/5/2014 4:58:00 AM

    An awesome account of this story Lizzy, really great to read one of your gems today.. Especially the theme you chose as well. Hope you are doing good.. xx
  1. Date: 7/22/2014 11:50:00 AM

    Would love to open your mind with another Collab.... :o)
  1. Date: 7/17/2014 4:32:00 PM

    It's been some years and I'm glad to be back reading the Soup and writing. Elizabeth you are truly a gifted writer. This is some amazing work with a powerful last stanza! Looking forward to reading more of your brilliance! Peace and love, Johnny.
  1. Date: 7/5/2014 6:39:00 PM

    Chills when reading this excellent account of this story. It brought to mind Lord Byron's "The Destruction of Sennacherib" which impressed me greatly. You have a wonderful style like his and probably why I love everything you write! This is a masterpiece! Happy belated birthday. I hope you had a beautiful birthday Lizzie. #7 and into my fav's. hugs, Connie
  1. Date: 7/4/2014 4:55:00 PM

    Love this poem of yours. You brought this story to life with this piece.
  1. Date: 6/30/2014 11:29:00 AM

    great piece of work Elizabeth, really blessed to read this and nice to see scripture focus too. well done indeed, God bless, Gordon
  1. Date: 6/28/2014 6:07:00 PM

    A most powerful read Lizzy and a very interesting one as well. You are a Genius of a poet! Love your rhythm and rhymes and your expressioons and awesome détails. Wow!
  1. Date: 6/23/2014 4:21:00 AM

    Beautiful account and so finely written. This was very captivating. Yes, it has been a while! I hope you are doing well, and thank you for the kind words. Always, Laura
  1. Date: 6/22/2014 8:49:00 PM

    Your spiritual humanity has been invoked. A more resonant piece you have never written. It is amazing how many comments you get right away. You truly have friends and fans here at soup. We all love when you revisit. Be well my good friend. Peace. :)
  1. Date: 6/22/2014 5:15:00 AM

    This is a beautiful and well documented write with enjoyable rhyme. Well done, Lizzy. // paul
  1. Date: 6/22/2014 12:49:00 AM

    I know the story well. My visits have become rare also. I'm getting back on my feet. Blessed to find you this day. God knew I wanted to respond right away. So much work I'm not writing much. But I see you haven't lost your touch for good poetry. I'll always be a fan.
  1. Date: 6/22/2014 12:24:00 AM

    What a beautiful scenic description of this great story you have sketched here with the beauty and colors of your moving words Elizabeth. Superb write with a classical touch of your style and poetic beauty. Outstanding and brilliantly written a mini epic. Hope to read a lot many of your lovely poems. Love and best wishes always…Ravindra K Kapoor
  1. Date: 6/21/2014 8:50:00 PM

    The last two lines of the fifth verse are stunning Iin meaning and poetic grace! A great tast, history, and lesson of battle. It is so good to see you writing again, with such awesome vigor and purpose Lizzie. J.A.B.
  1. Date: 6/21/2014 8:19:00 PM

    Lord Byron did a poem similar to this one Elizabeth...was it your inspiration?...well penned...It's great to see you....hugs
  1. Date: 6/21/2014 7:28:00 PM

    So powerful and descriptive, your words bring to live the tragic wars these poor men sadly endured. Excellent write! Hugs
  1. Date: 6/21/2014 7:28:00 PM

    lizzy, I happened to see you making a random comment to a friend of mine, so I stopped by and found that you had a poem here. HOW NICE. You did a great job retelling this tale in rhyme!
  1. Date: 6/21/2014 3:45:00 PM

    liz, ohhh, i missed you... this is a bold and wrenching declamation.. most wars are only 'said' to be waged for freedom but these men who wage them do not understand what freedom really is- - how awesome you are!.. huggs
  1. Date: 6/21/2014 3:44:00 PM

    Powerful! Extremely Touching Yet I Keep Thinking Of King David His Spirit's Guided Psalm And Then, `JESUS CHRIST ~ I Believe It's Psalm Sixty-Six And Their Babies Asking, 'Shall We Summon Fire From Heaven To Consume Them ? HEAVEN'S MESSIAH, Rebuking HIS Precious Sucklings Saying, 'You Know Not What Manner Of SPIRIT You Are: LOVE`....You Know Elizabeth, `HIS BEAUTY,` Revealed It To This Lost Child Once ~ Beautiful In `GLORY'S` Painting....KLove *

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