When did it become fashion to mock purity;
To reward those who slander another’s good name?
For leaders to cheer the slaughter of the innocent
And extol the deeds of the shameless?
How did so many come to call good, evil, and
Show high regard for the wicked?
That those charged with guarding the weak
Should betray their trust and conceal evil deeds?
When it seems that those who remain true
Are nowhere to be found,
And the masses dumbly nod their heads;
What can the just do against such indifference and deceit?
Let every man and woman of honor
Be unafraid to stand for the truth.
In this, we imitate our Lord and
Surrender ourselves to his protection.
A lament based on Psalm 12.