Virginia Street and Other Poems Kindle Edition by Day Williams (Author, Photographer)

This book features Day Williams poems from the following collections: “Virginia Street,” “Daybreak,” “Le Jour,” “Three Saints, Two Villains,” “100 Sonnets,” and “Day Star.” Biographical poems are about St. Francis Of Assisi, Catherine Of Siena, Abraham Lincoln, Pontius Pilate, and Adolf Hitler. There are translations from such French poets as Rimbaud and Verlaine, as well as Christian poems.

EZRA CHAPTER SIX

EZRA CHAPTER SIX

1 King Darius then ordered that they search

The archives stored inside the treasury

At Babylon. 2 A scroll was found inside

The citadel of Ecbatana in

          The province of Media, and this was

Written on it: A memorandum:  3 In

King Cyrus’s first year, the king decreed

As to God’s temple in Jerusalem:

Rebuild the temple as a place to offer

Sacrifices; lay its foundations. It

Is to be sixty cubits high and sixty

Cubits wide, 4 with three courses of

   large stones

And one of timbers, with the costs paid by

The royal treasury, 5 and gold and silver

Articles of the house of God, those which

Nebuchadnezzar took out of the temple

Inside Jerusalem and carried to

Babylon, shall be sent back to their places

Within the temple in Jerusalem;

They are to be deposited inside

God’s house. 6 So, Tattenai, the governor

Of Trans-Euphrates, and Shethar-Bozenai–

          Also you other civil servants of

That province, stay away from there.

   7 Do not

Obstruct with labor on God’s temple. Let

The Jewish governor and Jewish elders

Rebuild this house of God on its site. 8 Also,

I hereby order what you shall do for

These Jewish elders in constructing God’s

House: Their expenses shall be fully paid

Out of the royal treasury, out of

The revenues of Trans-Euphrates, so

The work keeps on. 9 Whatever

   is required—

Young bulls, rams, male lambs for burnt offerings

To heaven’s God, and olive oil, wheat, salt,

And wine, as priests inside Jerusalem

Shall ask—you must provide them daily, 10 so

That they may offer sacrifices pleasing

To heaven’s God and pray the king and his

Own sons enjoy good health. 11 And also I

Decree: If anyone defies this edict,

You are to pull a beam out of their house

And you are to impale them on it; for

          This crime you are to make their house

   a pile

Of rubble. 12 May God, who has caused

   his Name

To dwell there, overthrow a king or people

Who tries to alter this decree or to

Destroy this temple in Jerusalem.

I Darius have so decreed it, and

Let it be carried out with diligence.

13 Then, due to the decree King Darius

Had issued, Tattenai, the governor

Of Trans-Euphrates, and Shethar-Bozenai

And their associates did execute

It diligently, 14 so the Jewish elders

Continuing their construction, prospering

Under the prophet Haggai’s preaching and

Preaching from Zechariah, who was from

The line of Iddo. They completed building

The temple as to the command made by

The God of Israel and the decrees of

Cyrus and Darius and Artaxerxes,

The kings of Persia, 15 and the temple was

Completed on the third day of the month

Adar, in the sixth year of Darius

The King’s reign. 16 Then the Israelites—

   the priests,

The Levites and the other exiles—all

Celebrated the dedication of

The house of God with joy; 17 to dedicate

God’s house they offered up a hundred bulls,

          Two hundred rams, four hundred

   male lambs and,

As a sin offering for Israel,

Twelve male goats, one for each Israeli tribe,

          18 And they installed the priests in

   their divisions

And Levites in their groups to serve

   the Lord

Within Jerusalem, according to

The writings in the Book of Moses. 19 On

The fourteenth day of the first month,

   the exiles

Celebrated the Passover. 20 The priests

          And Levites purified themselves and were

All ritually clean. The Levites slaughtered

The Passover lamb for all the exiles, for

Their relatives the priests and

   for themselves.

21 So Israelites who had returned from exile

Ate it, with those who set themselves apart

From Gentiles’ unclean practices in order

To seek the Lord, the God of Israel. 22

For seven days they celebrated with

          Joy the Festival of Unleavened Bread,

Because the Lord had filled them up

   with joy

By changing how Assyria’s king viewed them

So he assisted them in labor that excelled

On the house of God, the God of Israel.