Then Shall Arise Michael


“And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.” ~ Daniel 12:1


Then shall arise Michael,
Captain supernal.
He, chief of all
Bodiless Powers,
shall ever stand astride
the Old and Evil Foe:
Lucifer, the Fallen-Star,
and his cohort infernal.

Saint Michael, dispenser
of righteous death,
and high retribution—
he shall never fail us,
for the LORD, God of
Sabaoth, hath his warlike
deeds ordained, his holy
strife commissioned.
A greater surety
none can know.

O, blessed blows,
raining down,
down upon him
who calleth God false,
the seditious one
who hath traded
glory for wrath,
Love for accusation.

Hark! For even now as then,
now shall arise Michael,
unseen vigilant one,
invisible evangelist.


This poem appeared in the Michaelmas 2014 edition of Gottesdienst: The Journal of Lutheran Liturgy.




  1. Is this your work? It’s really good. I like the third stanza particularly.

    • It is my work. Thank you! I emailed it to Dr. Eckardt over at Gottesdienst to see if they’d publish it in the Michaelmas issue, but I think I sent it off too late.

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