I have been enjoying reading Wild At Heart before beginning a women’s study on its counterpart Captivating. Today I really got to revel in the image of Jesus as a mighty warrior, which is quite different from the calm, peaceful, and gentle man he is often seen as. I don’t know if my being woman or being a woman in this culture has told me that I should always seek and pray to that gentle Jesus, but today I was invited to share in how good the mighty Christ is.
Eldridge shares examples from Luke 13 and Job 39 of the strong, rugged, warrior side of Christ. He then goes on to share an awesome poem by Ezra Pound, “Ballad of the Goodly Fere”. He prefaces, as should I, that ‘fere’ is an Old English term meaning mate or companion. As you read this, picture one of Christ’s close disciples telling you a story or sharing with you their inner knowledge of His persona.
He cried no cry when they drave the nails
And the blood gushed hot and free,
The hounds of the crimson sky gave tongue
But never a cry cried he.
A master of men was the Goodly Fere,
A mate of the wind and sea,
If they think they ha’ slain our Goodly Fere
They are fools eternally.
Read the whole poem here.