in the darkness of the tomb;
Having finished on the sixth day
all his work of joy and doom.
and the water had run dry,
The bread had all been scattered,
and the light had left the sky.
and the seed was sadly sown,
The courtiers had betrayed their king,
and nailed him to his throne.
O Sabbath rest by Calvary,
O calm of tomb below;
Where the grave-clothes and the spices
cradle him we did not know!
Rest you well, beloved Jesus,
Caesar’s Lord and Israel’s King,
In the brooding of the Spirit,
in the darkness of the spring.
Source: N. T. Wright, The Challenge of Easter, pp. 33-34.