Dragon-Stompin’ Jesus!

Sometimes, you just need a good song about whacking things and harrowing Hell. Here’s an Easter poem by the Scottish poet Dunbar, which clearly needs more exposure. (So I’m modernizing and Anglicizing the spelling.)

Everything goes better with dragons.

Done is a battle on the dragon black,
Our champion Christ confounded has his force;
The gates of Hell are broken with a crack,
The sign triumphal raised is of the Cross,
The devils tremble with hideous voice,
The souls are borrowed and to the bliss can go,
Christ with His blood our ransoms does endorse: *repay
Surrexit Dominus de sepulchro. *”The Lord rises from the tomb.”

Done in is the deadly dragon Lucifer,
The cruel serpent with the mortal sting,
The old keen tiger with his teeth ajar,
Which in wait has lain for us so long,
Thinking to grip us in his claws strong;
The merciful Lord willed not that it were so,
He made him for to fail of that fang:
Surrexit Dominus de sepulchro.

He for our sake that suffered to be slain,
And like a lamb in sacrifice was dight,
Is like a lion risen up again,
And as a giant raised Him up on height;
Sprung is Aurora, radiant and bright,
On loft is gone the glorious Apollo,
The blissful day departed from the night:
Surrexit Dominus de sepulchro.

The foe is chased, the battle is done cease,
The prison broken, the jailers fled and flemmed; *banished
The war is gone, confirmed is the peace,
The fetters loosed and the dungeon temmed, *emptied
The ransom made, the prisoners redeemed,
The field is won, overcame is the foe,
Despoiled of the treasure that he yemmed: *guarded
Surrexit Dominus de sepulchro.

Hell as a dragon’s dungeon-lair full of his hoard and his prisoners, and Christ as a dragonslayer. Man, you have to love Dunbar.

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