When Assyrian blasphemy burned the ears of the king,
driving him through the temple gates
prostrate in disgrace,
Isaiah, God's voice, assured,
"Do not fear."
When Ahaz defended Jerusalem from smoldering stubs,
shaking the hearts of the people
like trees in the wind,
Isaiah, God's voice, proclaimed,
When Sennacherib's one hundred eighty-five thousand men
fell to Hezekiah's prayer
and the angel's sword,
Isaiah, God's voice, revealed,
"I will save."
When Babylon surveyed Jerusalem's storehouse,
then sacked the too-content king,
and burned city to ash,
Isaiah, God's voice, thundered,
"Prepare the way."
But before Isaiah's long years of prophecy,
Even before Uzziah's dirge
had scarce died away,
no man would speak for the Lord.
Then did meek Isaiah see the Lord robed in glory,
ringed by six dreadful angels crying,
"Holy! Holy! Holy!"
Above the praise, God asked,
"Who will go?"
Isaiah, ruined, fell as heaven's threshold shook
and cowered beneath his sin.
But God's salvation flamed
and Isaiah, with blistered lips, declared,
From 2 Kings 18:28-19-7, Isaiah 6:1-12, 7:1-4, 37:1-28, 39:1-8 NIV
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