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As inly troubled, now she seems to shake;
The essential particles of dust remained,
And God, from out the fount of native light, A handful took of beams, and clad the sun
Again in glory; and sent forth the moon
Thus done, the glorious Judge, turning to right, With countenance of love unspeakable, Beheld the righteous, and approved them thus. “ Ye blessed of my Father, come, ye just, Enter the joy eternal of your Lord; Receive your crowns, ascend, and sit with Me, At God's right hand, in glory evermore.”
Thus said the Omnipotent, Incarnate God : And waited not the homage of the crowns, Already thrown before him ; nor the loud Amen of universal holy praise ; But turned the living chariot of fire And swifter now—as joyful to declare This day's proceedings in his Father's court, And to present the number of his sons Before the throne-ascended up to heaven. And all his saints, and all his angel bands, As glorious they on high ascended, sung Glory to God, and to the Lamb ! they sung Messiah, fairer than the sons of men, And altogether lovely. Grace is poured Into thy lips, above all measure poured ; And therefore God hath blessed thee evermore. Gird, gird thy sword upon thy thigh, 0 thou Most Mighty! with thy glory ride; with all Thy majesty, ride prosperously, because
Of meekness, truth, and righteousness. Thy
O God, for ever and for ever stands;
Thrus sung they God, their Saviour ; and them
selves, Prepared complete to enter now with Christ,
Their living head, into the Holy Place.
Into the Palace of the King she comes !
Thus the Messiah, with the hosts of bliss, Entered the gates of heaven-unquestioned
Which closed behind them, to go out no more,
And stood accepted in his Father's sight;
Of all that he in Covenant received:
And having given the kingdom up, He sat, Where now he sits, and reigns, on the right hand Of glory; and our God is all in all.
Thus have I sung beyond thy first request, Rolling my numbers o'er the track of man,