Did the Angels Sweat?


Did the angels

Those sinew-armed strongmen of the ages

Sweat great drops of celestial self control


Did tears run down the faces

Of those who continually see the Face


Did holy muscles tremble and twitch

at being restrained

at seeing urgency and being forbidden

at hearing the cries and stopping their unearthly ears


Did eternal eyes flinch and close against the sight

Of a Savior they couldn’t save?


(c) copyright 2010 Latayne C Scott

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  1. Sharon Souza
    Nov 24, 2010

    This is a beautiful poem, Latayne. It’s a thought I’ve never considered, though now I can’t think why. I love how your work opens our eyes to things like this.

  2. Kirsten
    Nov 24, 2010

    Latayne, thank you for this powerful image. I especially liked the line “Sweat great drops of celestial self control”–what a mighty and painful struggle that must have been.

  3. admin
    Nov 25, 2010

    Thank you so much, Sharon and Kirsten. I am so glad that you were blessed by the poem.

  4. Wendy Leaumont
    Nov 25, 2010

    Totally awesome!

  5. Screaming Nephite
    Dec 14, 2010

    He reached into the ground and pulled out them golden plates baby!

  6. admin
    Dec 18, 2010

    And of course, if you had read any of my books, you would know that I am not a hater of Mormons. Just their un-biblical doctrines.

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