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
I will make
you pass under the rod and I will let you go in by number.
who next may
one must be
but let us
meet our God
This poem by
an unknown writer poignantly reflects this belief.
UNDER THE ROD.
I saw when a father and mother
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,
pathway grew smooth to their feet,
star-light of Love glimmered bright at the end,
whispers of Fancy were sweet;
But I saw
when they stood bending low o'er the grave
hearts' dearest hope had been laid;
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,
her snowy array,
bright flush of joy mantled high on her cheek,
future looked brilliant and gay;
woman's devotion she laid her fond heart
shrine of idolatrous Love.
But I saw
when those heart-strings were bleeding and torn,
chain had been severed in two,
changed her white robes for the sables of grief,
bloom for the paleness of woe:
whispered a voice-'twas the voice of the Lord-
I love thee,
I love thee -.Pass under the rod .