Free Christian poems


By Maurice Dyson

Christian Poems about Parables

The Prodigal Son
I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him,   
Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee.  
Luke 15:18

Two brothers abode with their father at home,
Enjoying his welfare and keep.
The younger decided he wanted a change
From tending the goats and the sheep.

He said to his father, Please give me the goods
Apportioned that fall unto me.
His father divided his living to them,
And gave each his due legacy.

Not many days after the younger son left,
And went to a land far away;
He wasted his money on pleasureful things,
Which left him without any pay.

A famine arose in the very same land;
A dearth for both people and kine.
He joined himself unto a citizen there,
Who set him to feeding the swine.

He would fain have eaten the pods which they ate;
And no man gave aught unto him.
But when he had come to his senses, he thought,
This dire situation is grim.

He thought of his home where the servants had much,
While he was repining in need:
I’ll go to my father confessing my sin,
And ask him to hire me, indeed.

I’ll say to my father, I’ve sinned against heaven,
And done this disservice to you;
I’m no longer worthy to carry your name,
Please hire me as one of your crew.

He rose up and came to his father forthwith,
Who saw him some distance away;
And filled with compassion he ran to his son;
For he had been watching each day.

He fell on his neck with a welcoming hug,
And kissed him, so great was his joy.
He’d waited so long with a lingering hope
That one day he’d see his young boy.

His son started telling the wrong he had done,
But while he was having his say,
His father gave orders to bring him new clothes,
And make this a festival day.

Now as they were feasting with music and dance,
The elder son came off the land.
He called to a servant on hearing the sounds,
For such he could not understand.

The servant related the wonderful news:
Your brother has come safe and sound.
Your father has made it a feast day for him,
Because his young son has been found.

The elder son would not go into the house;
Because he resented this stuff.
His father came out and entreated with him;
But he thought it more than enough:

Behold, I’ve been serving you these many years,
And you never gave me a beast;
But this son of yours has been living with whores,
Yet you have provided a feast.

His father replied, You are always with me,
And all my possessions are yours.
It’s right to make merry and celebrate thus,
For we have a very good cause.

Your brother was dead and is living again;
Our thankfulness cannot be bound.
And so there is joy with the angels of God,
For every lost soul who is found.

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A Virtuous Wife
A virtuous woman is a crown to her husband: but she that
maketh ashamed is as rottenness in his bones.

Proverbs 12:4

Who can discover a wife that is pure?
Blest with those virtues no wealth can secure;
So shall her husband leave things in her care,
Having no lack with abundance to spare.

She does him good all the days of her life;
Nothing of evil is found in his wife;
As she works willingly using her hands;
Weaving her cloth with the skill it demands.

Likened to ships with their cargoes of wares;
So does she bring in the treasure she bears;
Rising up early while yet it is night;
Filling her household with every delight.

In her endeavours she buys up some land;
Then plants a vineyard with profits on hand;
Having a surplus she gives to the poor;
Comforting those who are found insecure.

She’s not afraid of the snow or the cold;
Making warm garments for those in her fold;
Fine works of tapestry cover her chairs;
Purple and linen the clothes that she wears.

Surely her husband is known in the gate,
Ruling with elders their city estate;
Meanwhile his wife is supplying for trade,
Garments of linen she’s skilfully made.

Honour and strength are her godly attire;
She will be found in the heavenly choir;
Wisdom is heard in whatever she says;
Kindness and love are her bounty of praise.

Truly her children describe her as blest,
So does her husband give praise with the rest.
Myriads of daughters have done very well;
But of them all you distinctly excel.


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Labourers in the Vineyard
So the last shall be first, and the first last:
for many be called, but few chosen.

Matthew 20:16

A certain landowner went early one day,
To hire men for work who agreed to the pay;
He sent them to work in his local vineyard,
As men under contract with mutual regard.

And then at mid-morning he went out again,
And found at the market some unemployed men;
He sent them to work and agreed with them too,
Whatever is right I will give unto you.

The sixth and the ninth hour he took on some more,
Who went on the terms as the hired men before;
And then at the hour with the sun shining low,
He found others standing there idle also.

He sent them to labour for just that one hour;
For such was the option he had in his power;
He said to his steward when evening was come,
Go call in the workers and give them their sum.

The last received wages as deemed by their lord;
The first came expecting a greater reward;
He gave them the same as he gave to the last;
But they were disgruntled at how they were classed.

They said to the owner, These men who came late,
You’ve put on a par with ourselves on the slate;
But we who have worked through the heat of the day,
You have not assigned a commensurate pay.

He said to one, Friend, I have done you no wrong;
Did you not agree with the words of your tongue?
Now take what is yours and be off on your way;
I’ll give to this last whatsoever I say.

Our Lord told this story revealing His mind,
Because He is gracious, impartial and kind;
The labour we render in love for His name,
Will get its reward when we stand without blame.



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The Good Samaritan
Which now of these three, thinkest thou,
was neighbour unto him that fell among the thieves?

Luke 10:36

A man who knew the law by recitation;
And quoted it with little hesitation;
Put forward a request,
Which really was a test,
To justify his mental aberration.

The Lord replied with verbal illustration;
For well He knew the lawyer’s motivation.
A man set out to go
En route to Jericho,
But on the way he suffered deprivation.

A band of men waylaid him with aggression;
For robbery by force was their profession.
They left him lying there,
Without a shirt to wear,
And made off with his clothes in their possession.

A priest came by upon this sad occasion;
And saw the man was needing medication;
But having changed his stride,
Across the other side,
He carried on toward his destination.

A Levite came along and saw the victim;
And straightaway his sense of duty pricked him;
But he did not delay
To tarry on his way;
Yet what he saw continued to convict him.

Another man came down where he lay bleeding;
And saw the urgent help that he was needing;
With gentleness and care,
He bound his wounds up there,
And put him on the beast that he was leading.

He brought him to an inn where he was rested;
And cared for him by any means suggested;
Upon the coming day,
Before he went away,
He made arrangements for this man divested.

He paid the owner for the keep and rental:
For such he knew were very instrumental.
He asked him to attend
The welfare of his friend,
And he would reimburse the things essential.

This parable describes a true relation;
And illustrates a person’s inclination.
A neighbourly concern
Gives help at every turn,
Wherever there’s a needy situation.


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Have salt in yourselves, and have
peace one with another
. Mark 9:50

Salt within a nation,
Aids its preservation:
Acting as an agent of God’s grace.
Salt opposed to leaven,
Brings a taste of heaven,
Till we meet the Saviour face to face.

Saltiness is biting,
Found in word or writing;
Giving them a qualitative note.
If the salt is lacking,
With its signal backing,
Evidence of Christ could be remote.

Lamps not burning brightly,
Might appear unsightly,
If they are not trimmed with proper care.
So our lives should savour,
Of a godly flavour,
With a love that reaches everywhere.


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Dry Bones
O ye dry bones, hear the word of the Lord.
Ezekiel 37:4

The Lord brought me out
To a valley of bones,
And caused me to pass all around them.
The bones lay about
In the dust and the stones;
Exceedingly dry as I found them.

He said, Son of man,
Can these bones come alive?
I answered and said, Lord, Thou knowest.
He told me His plan
For these dry bones to thrive;
From uppermost bone to the lowest.

Moreover He said,
You shall say to these bones,
Dry bones, hear the word of Jehovah!
I listened with dread
To His wonderful tones;
Enthralled by the words that came over.

Dry bones you shall know
With the breath that I give,
And flesh that shall clothe you with sinew;
I’ve caused you to grow,
And be upright and live,
Because of My Spirit within you.

Now as I looked on,
There was noise all around;
And bone came to bone with a rattle.
The dryness was gone,
Newborn life did abound;
An army prepared as for battle. 

Then further He said,
What you see with your eye,
These bones are My very own nation;
They say we are dead
For our bones are so dry,
And we are in such desolation.

Now say unto them,
O My people! Give ear!
Your graves I will yet open surely;
To Jerusalem
Will I bring you with cheer;
And there you shall dwell most securely.


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The Wheat and the Tares
The field is the world; the good seed are the children
of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one.

Matthew 13:38

Now a man sowed good seed in his field,
For the harvest of wheat it would yield;
But at night unawares,
There were planted some tares,
Under cover of dark as a shield.

When the shoots had appeared on the ground,
And the tares were surprisingly found,
It was told to the host,
By his men at the post,
Of the weeds that were there all around.

Then he knew it was done by a foe,
Whose intent was maliciously low,
Let them grow now, he said,
Till they come to a head,
For their fruitage will patently show.

At the harvest first gather the weeds,
With their noxious and numerous seeds,
Bind them up in a heap,
As you harvest and reap,
Then my land shall be clear for its needs.

So the tares you shall burn in the fire;
For to keep them is not my desire;
But the wheat you shall store,
Whereupon we can draw,
For the bread we shall later require.

Now the scene is the end of the age,
When the wicked are given their wage;
For the good seed will share,
In the Lord’s tender care,
But the tares will meet holy outrage.

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The Precious Seed
Behold, a sower went forth to sow.
Matthew 13:3

God’s precious seed
Is all we need
For comfort, joy and peace;
When it is sown
And duly grown,
Our wisdom will increase.

If it is found
In fertile ground,
The fruit will soon appear;
Responsive hearts
Are where it starts:
A life of godly fear.

The world’s domain
Is like a plain
With pastures green or dry;
For every soul
Has got a goal:
To live for God or die.

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The Good and the Bad Fish
Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a net,
that was cast into the sea, and gathered of every kind:
Which, when it was full, they drew to shore, and sat down,
and gathered the good into vessels, but cast the bad away.

Matthew 13:47,48

When the Saviour perceived
How His works were received
By the Jews who resisted His name;
He did not think it right
To bestow further light,
But He warned them of sin just the same.

So His kingdom is set
Like a fisherman’s net;
An example they knew very plain;
As the fish that are caught
Are inspected and brought,
To determine the ones that remain.

As the men by the sea,
As in old Galilee,
Used to do in the course of the day;
They would gather the good
Into vessels for food,
And the rest they would scatter away.

These events illustrate
The salvation or fate
Of the souls of accountable men;
For not everyone found
Will be heavenward bound,
Only those who have been born again.

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The Mustard Seed
The kingdom of heaven is like to a grain of mustard seed.
Matthew 13:31

A mustard seed is sown,
And when it’s fully-grown,
Is like a tree,
Although we see
A herb as it is known.

So heaven’s kingdom grows,
As thus its record shows,
Its people share,
Most everywhere,
A conflict in its throes.

A strong and stately tree,
Accessible and free,
Is truly blest,
With shady rest,
For souls like you and me.

The lessons we can learn,
In life at any turn,
Is only trust,
In Christ we must,
As long as we sojourn.

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Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.
John 1:29

We know the place of common beast
Among the Lord’s creations;
In western countries and the east,
Or rural situations.

They have a varied role to play
As only they can do it;
They live beside us every day
As neighbours passing through it.

The donkey is a quadruped
With useful reputation;
It may be lacking in the head
In terms of destination.

But when a prophet travelled south
With evident disfavour,
A word came from the donkey’s mouth
Rebuking his behaviour.

A dove is inconspicuous
Among the feathered creatures;
With noted inoffensiveness
And peaceful-loving features.

Attendant at the ministry
Of Jesus at the river,
It certified His Deity
For those He would deliver.

A lamb is truly typified
As innocent and gentle;
A trait that is identified
As not just accidental.

As such it aptly illustrates
A Person who is endless,
Who holds the key to heaven’s gates,
For sinners who are friendless.

Among the many Bible names
Descriptive of the devil,
Are those that tally with the claims
Consistent at his level.

A lion with a fearsome roar
Is one of his portrayals;
And like a serpent at the door
With venomous betrayals.

So animals again portray
The empires they depicted;
That held the nations in their sway
For seasons long predicted.

A leopard has agility
And swiftness in its manner;
Like those who had ability
With Alexander’s banner.

We can’t forget the fallacies
Inherent in our nature;
Described as sinful tendencies
In Bible nomenclature.

As human souls we hold a place
Above these lowly creatures;
So we should heed implicit grace
That portraits duly teach us.

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Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck;
write them upon the table of thine heart.
So shalt thou find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man.

Proverbs 3:3,4

A good name is better than riches,
And does not diminish with wealth;
Achievements are better than wishes,
And not detrimental to health.

The rich and the poor have a Maker;
The Lord is Creator of each;
They may be a cook or a baker,
Yet both have a Saviour in reach.

If we take no thought for the cheerless,
Whose cry has gone out in despair,
It may be because we are fearless,
Or lacking compassion and care.

A child needs the rod of correction,
While they are in formative years;
It serves for their good and protection,
Although it may suffer them tears.

The righteous are souls who have trusted,
And bring forth the fruitage they yield;
As he who wins souls is adjusted,
To harvest the world as a field.


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The Last Bout
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood...
Ephesians 6:12

Time is running out,
Hear the seconds shout,
As we have our session in the ring;
Life is like a bout
In the devil’s drought,
Till we stand before the Saviour-King.

We shall surely die,
As the days go by;
There is no volition in the grave;
Who is it we serve,
Bracing every nerve,
Using up the minutes that He gave?

Every moment passed,
Will be viewed at last,
Whether we have followed His command;
Only by His blood,
Has a mortal stood,
Paradise for others will be banned.

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The First Lady
For whoso findeth me findeth life,
and shall obtain favour of the LORD.

Proverbs 8:35

A lady cries out in the street;
She takes up her stand on the hill;
Wherever the avenues meet;
In cities or there at the mill.

For wisdom was there at the start;
Before God established the earth;
In life she is there at the heart;
Without her is nothing of worth.

Now therefore, my children, give heed;
Hear teaching and you will be wise;
For this is for you and your seed:
Who finds her in truth never dies.


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  And he spake many things unto them in parables,
saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow.

Matthew 13:3

Parables are earthly illustrations,
Linking with a realm that is unseen;
Jesus gave the simple explanations:
Showing to believers what they mean.

Telling us the story of the sower;
Sowing seed that fell upon the ground;
God is like the one who is the grower;
Human hearts: the place where seed is found.

Hearts can be receptive or can harden;
Truth can be accepted or repelled;
Adam heard the truth while in the garden;
But in unbelief he soon rebelled.

Each of us is tested with the sowing;
As the Word of God has reached our ears;
If it is received it will be growing;
If it is repelled there will be tears.  

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