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His dazzling heights their soaring strains elude, And kind reproach their vent'rous gratitude. Their loud acclaim, tho’ shook th' Olympian sky, In air dissolve, and hallelujahs die. No thund'ring echoes would the vaults resound; Nor echoing murmurs answer to the sound. Still as the night the loud acclaim would cease, And conscious blush suffuse creation's face.. Lost from the moment that they first ascend, Would miss their object, tho' attain’d its end. In love receiv'd, who view'd their bold design, The praise might take, yet just preserve the line. Officious worlds their sacred distance keep, And vocal joy in awful silence keep; Sunk at his feet, with trembling homage own Their zealmpresumption, and their art outdone, The theme too mighty for creation's tongue, The seraph's ardour, or the cherub's song. As none but He, whose wisdom knows his pow'r, Çan comprehend, or can himself adore : Define the nature, or prescribe the mode Of service due, or worship meet for God. '. Defective all the creature's utmost stretch, How wide their compass, or how high their reach. All short of him, who shuns created sight, And dwells in darkness from excess of light.
Known to himself-his own eternal theme;
'Twixt these compris'd creation's gradual plan *,
While he, whɔ made, alike remov'd from all, Without compare his own original! Above all essence, as beyond all name; In all things various, yet in all the same! And whom to liken is but to blaspheme!
The difference of situation, abilities, and other prerogatives, may be compared to a gradual rise, or fall: but the essence of beings capable, and incapable, of knowing God, is different beyond all degrees, and admits of no comparison,
+ With regard to man in his present state of probation, his situation is low; but in the essence of his nature, and the kingdom prepared for him, the Scriptures give him the preference to all that is created.
Admits no change, nor bears gradation's forms,
Sole what he is, and all he will or can;
Saftice for man---suffice for angels this, Who serves with trembling cannot serve amiss.
With lowly mind, self-emptied all and poor,
lift, While flames the altar, and consumes the gift. From heav'n's bright lamp the hallow'd fire comes
down, Seizes on all, and wraps it to the throne: Where sits on high the Lord of Israel's lope, Who bare their sins, now bears their offerings up; Well-pleas'd he smiles on what himself inspir'd, As found the service that his love requir’d.
Hail, sov'reign goodness! infinite and free: Thine eye the light, thy span immensity! Thyself thy centre, and creation's soul! Whose vastoircumf'rence circumscribesthewhole; Extends o'er all its penetrating sway, And kindles darkness, or puts out the day. From whom conceald, no secret thoughts can rise, Escape thy notice, or deceive thine eyes, Known ere its birth, known ere in embryo warm'd, By words depictur'd, or in action form’d: Trac'd from its point thy spirit marks its course, Directs its motion or repels its force. To gain some end, or frustrate some design, Alike thy justice and thy love combine. Searcher of hearts! to thee are equal known The minds of millions, as the mind of one. Who would not fear, who would not kiss thy hand? Fall at thy word, or rise at its command?
Hail, sov'reign Lord ! by all thy works confess'd! By angels worshipp'd, and by saints address'd! Hail, sov'reign love! mysterious wisdom, hail! In whom the Father, and his fullness dwell! In whom the Godhead, and the man unite, Stamp of his form, and glory of his light! Come, and thy two-fold character maintain, Jehovah's equal, and the child of man!