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.

7 comments

  1. Hi Steven, I have a heart for pilgrimage 19th century spiritual poetry. I don’t have a specific place I find them, I only search different places and find them. Some are unknown, some only have initials or names which I post under the poem. Charles Spurgeron did have a few poems as many of the 19th century evangelical preachers and even some who were not. I seem to connect with their soul and thoughts that are so humbling. I have a very tender heart when it comes to others troubles and sorrows and steadfast faith. Probably because I’ve been through much myself. Thank you for sharing yours, I truly enjoyed them. Blessings to you 💗🌈

  2. Thought you might enjoy this on😇
    Gently Lead Us

    Gently, Lord, oh, gently lead us
    Through vale of tears,
    Though thou’st decreed us,
    Till our last great change appears.

    As temptation’s darts assail us,
    Or in devious paths we stray
    Let thy goodness never fail us,
    Lead us in thy perfect way.

    In the hour of pain and anguish,
    In the hour when death draws near
    Suffer not our hearts to languish,
    Suffer not our souls to fear.

    As this mortal life is ended,
    Bid us in thine arms to rest,
    Till, by angel bands attended,
    We awake among the blest.

    Then, oh, crown us with thy blessing,
    Through the triumphs of thy grace;
    Then shall praises never ceasing
    Echo through thy dwelling-place.

    —Octavius Winslow

    1. Beautiful, thanks Cathey! ❤️

      Interesting that the poem is by Octavius Winslow, I posted a wonderful poem by him on this blog:
      https://perfectchaos.org/2014/01/16/all-is-transparent-and-harmonious-to-his-eye/

      Also, in the poem you posted, Winslow mentions ‘angel bands’. Have you heard the 19th century spiritual song ‘Angel Band’? I’m curious about whether there’s a connection between the two? 🤔

      Let me know if you have any thoughts 🙂

      God bless!

      Steven

      1. How beautiful! Thank you fior sharing.❤I don’t belive I’ve heard the song. Do you have it so that I may here it?. I did some research and the only thing I found was that he did a hymn book selected and arranged for the use of Emmanuel Church, Brighton by Octavius Winslow. The hymn book is on Amazon and Google play for purchase. It would be interesting to know if the song is in that hymn book. ☺

        God Bless

        Cathey Lynn

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