Jehovah had so oft His will reveal'd,
Unto the chosen tribe whom Aaron loved
In all their wandering—but whose promised land
He might not look upon-he sadly laid
His head upon the mountain's turfy breast,
And with one prayer, half wrapp'd in stifled groans,
Gave up the ghost.–Lydia Huntley Sigourney.
1. AARON: and Christ.
SEE Aaron, God's anointed priest,
Within the veil appear,
In robes of mystic meaning dress’d,
Presenting Israel's prayer.
Through him the eye of faith descries
A greater priest than he-
Thus Jesus pleads above the skies
For you, my friends, and me.
He bears the names of all the saints,
Deep on His heart engraved ;
Attentive to the state and wants
Of all His love has saved.
In Him a holiness complete,
Light and perfection shine ;
And wisdom, grace, and glory meet-
A Saviour all Divine.
The blood which, as a priest, He bears,
For sinners, is His own;
The incense of His prayers and tears
Perfumes the holy throne.
In Him my weary soul has rest,
Though I am weak and vile ;
I read my name upon His breast,
And see the Father smile.—John Newton.
3. ABEL: entering heaven.
TEN thousand times ten thousand sung
Loud anthems round the throne,
When lo ! a solitary tongue
Took up a song unknown ;
A song unknown to angel ears,
A song that spoke of vanish'd fears,
Of pardon'd sins and dried-up tears.
Not one of all the heavenly host
Could those high notes attain,
But spirits from a distant coast
United in the strain,
Till he who first began the song,
To sing alone not suffer'd long,
Was mingled with a countless throng.
And still as years are fleeting by,
The angels ever bear
Some newly ransom'd soul on high,
To swell the chorus there ;
And still the song shall louder grow,
Till all, redeem'd from sin and woe,
To that fair world of rapture go.
Oh grant me, Lord, a golden harp,
And tune my broken voice,
That I may sing of troubles sharp
Exchanged for endless joys !
The song that ne'er was heard before
A sinner reach'd the heavenly shore,
But now shall sound for evermore!