My Favourite Quatrains

I have a particular love for quatrains. I think they appeal to my perfectionist nature because they hold a kind of perfectly formed beauty. If you’re not familiar with the term ‘quatrain’ it simply means a four line stanza in a poem.

Each of the four quatrains below contains something moving and profound and wonderful. I hope that you will enjoy these precious little gems as much as I do. They are perfect tweet material owing to their concise nature so if you like them feel free to share the love!

1. This one is currently pinned to my profile on Twitter and I think it’s my favourite. The gospel in a single quatrain.

Because the sinless Saviour died
My sinful soul is counted free
For God the just is satisfied
To look on Him and pardon me.

2. I picked this one up a few years ago. I believe I discovered it in a book of prayers that my father gave me. Apparently it’s engraved as an epitaph on a tombstone in the graveyard at Elgin Cathedral. I think it captures something truly wonderful about the God-fearing Christian begging for mercy from an almighty God.

Here lies Martin Elginbrod,
Hae mercy on my soul Lord God,
As I would do were I Lord God
And ye were Martin Elginbrod.

3. Next is the perfect quatrain to text to your friends on Easter Sunday, the day we celebrate Christ rising from the dead. I don’t need to say much, this quatrain speaks for itself.

Tomb thou shalt not hold Him longer
Death is strong but life is stronger
Stronger than the dark, the light,
Stronger than the wrong, the right.

4. Finally, a beautiful quatrain that I discovered only this morning as I was reading a sermon from the Reformed Baptist preacher Charles Spurgeon. I don’t know whether or not Spurgeon wrote it. The last line is a quote from the Bible (Deuteronomy 33:25). Text this one to a friend if they’re going through a tough time.

Days of trial, days of grief,
In succession thou may’st see;
This is still thy sweet relief,
‘As thy days, thy strength shall be.’

Do you know any quatrains? I would love to hear your favourites, or any poetry or sayings that would fit in a text message but that have really moved you. Feel free to leave a comment below with your thoughts and/or suggestions.

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