Esther looked oft beyond the gate
And Mordechai, her father, did likewise
Neither would forget that date
When last they looked into each other's eyes
Her perfect virtue had placed her within
The inner court as the worthy Queen
Her purpose had been unknown when
It was revealed she should go before the King
Now this was forbidden save an invite
But the Jewish people's lives were at risk!
She pondered the horror of her plight,
Set forth a fast, and prepared for "such a time as this"
Every Jewish man, woman, and child
Prayed the King would not raise his sceptored hand
She went as one steadfast and mild
And humbly bid the King to understand