The poem’s third stanza offers the once great cities, Nineveh and Tyre, now ruined, as looming examples in a dire warning. The prophecies of the destruction of these cities are detailed in the Bible. History records the accuracy of the prophecies. Nineveh’s continuing sin and resulting destruction is foretold throughout the entire Old Testament book […]
PSALM 51 is David’s expression of repentance after having sinned greatly with Bathsheba and being confronted by Nathan the prophet. The account can be found in 2 SAMUEL 12-13. In PSALM 51 : 17, David acknowledges that “A broken and contrite heart—These, O God, You will not despise.” Recessional’s second stanza begins with the lines:
The words “lest we forget” form the poem’s refrain and one form or another of the phrase can be found in DEUTERONOMY 4 : 9, 23; 6 : 12; PSALM 50 : 22; 59 : 11 and PROVERBS 3 : 15.