This was a favourite quotation of the Covenanters as it relates to the purging of the wicked who will not be allowed into Israel (Heaven). This inscription appears on a gravestone in Wanlockhead Churchyard, Dumfriesshire. [ with permission of A. Little a great, great, grandson ]


Ezekiel 20 v 37

I will make you pass under the rod and I will let you go in by number.


We cannot tell

who next may fall

beneath the chastening rod

one must be first

but let us all

prepare to meet our God


This poem by an unknown writer poignantly reflects this belief.



I saw when a father and mother had leaned

On the arms of a dear cherished son,

And the star in the future grew bright in their gaze,

As they saw the proud place he had won;

And the fast coming evening of life promised fair,

And its pathway grew smooth to their feet,

And the star-light of Love glimmered bright at the end,

And the whispers of Fancy were sweet;

But I saw when they stood bending low o'er the grave

Where their hearts' dearest hope had been laid;

They had each heard a voice-'twas the voice of the Lord-

" I love thee, I love thee-pass under the rod!


I saw the young bride, in her beauty and pride,

Bedecked in her snowy array,

And the bright flush of joy mantled high on her cheek,

And the future looked brilliant and gay;

And with woman's devotion she laid her fond heart

At the shrine of idolatrous Love.

But I saw when those heart-strings were bleeding and torn,

And the chain had been severed in two,

She had changed her white robes for the sables of grief,

And her bloom for the paleness of woe:

There had whispered a voice-'twas the voice of the Lord-

I love thee, I love thee -.Pass under the rod .




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