“The Silent Word”
© Written by WDB on December 18, 2013
while at the Antler’s Ridge Lodge in Menlo, Georgia on a work retreat.
In whispers came the Baby,
There were but precious few
Awaiting Christ’s first coming;
Just one small handful of knew. Refrain
Refrain: O Silent Word, Thou Silent Word,
E’en whispers must be heard!
Send angels! shepherds! wisemen, too,
T’announce Thee, Silent Word.
In whispers came the Infant,
A handful knew, at best;
There was no worldwide notice
The Word to manifest. Refrain
In whispers came the Christ–Child,
Yet, silence did prevail
For Bethlehem lay sleeping
Amidst the Word’s first wail. Refrain
The silence, lo, was deafening,
All Israel went unstirred!
Jerusalem? Too silent!
None sought The Silent Word! Refrain
While millions live in deafness,
Our mouths lay silent – dumb!
Oh, who will tell those deafened
The Silent Word has come? Refrain