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A bleeding Saviour, seen by faith,
A sense of pard’ning love,
Give joys like those above.
To take a glimpse within the vail,
To know that God is mine,
In the cross of Christ I glory,
Bane and blessing, pain and pleasure,
'Tis done! the precious ransom's paid,
" Receive my soul," He cries; Behold, He bows His sacred head,
He bows His head, and dies.
But soon He'll break death's envious chain,
And in full glory shine :
Rock of Ages, cleft for me,
Nothing in my hand I bring ;
While I draw this feeting breath,
No condemnation now I dread,
Jesus, and all in Him, is mine ; Alive in Him, my living Head,
And clothed in righteousness divine, Bold I approach the eternal throne And claim the crown, through Christ, my own.
VIII. THE SUFFERINGS AND HUMILIATION OF
He was wounded for our transgressions.-ISAIAH liii. 5.
Is it nothing to you, all ye that pass by? Behold, and see if there be any sorrow like unto my sorrow.-LAM. i. 12.
Low in the dim and sultry west
Is the fierce sun of Syria's sky; The evening's grateful hour of rest,
Its hour of feast and joy is nigh.
But He, with thirst and hunger spent,
Lone, by the way-side faintly sinks : A lowly hand the cup hath lent,
And from the humble well He drinks.
On the dark wave of Galilee
The gloom of twilight gathers fast, And o'er the waters drearily
Sweeps the bleak evening blast.
The weary bird hath left the air
And sunk into his shelter'd nest; The wandering beast hath sought his lair,
And laid him down to welcome rest.
Still, near the lake, with weary tread,
Lingers a form of human kind;
Flows the chill night-damp on the wind.
Why seeks not He a home of rest ?
Why seeks not He the pillow'd bed ? Beasts have their dens, the bird its nest,
He hath not where to lay His head.
Such was the lot He freely chose,
To bless, to save, the human race ;
There is a joy—unutterable, deep,
Their humble watch : where truth and mercy meet
It is, Gethsemene, in thy dark shade,
Joy springs from love—and 0, what love is this !
The love of God in Christ to fallen man:
A mystery that angels bend to scan :