Monday, January 14, 2008

The sacred page...

"The Word of God is solid; it will stand a thousand readings, and he who has gone over it the most frequently is the surest of finding new wonders there." -- J. Hamilton, in A Homiletic Encyclopaedia of Illustrations in Theology, Robert Aitkin Bertram, 1885

A glory gilds the sacred page,
Majestic like the sun;
It gives a light to every age;
It gives, but borrows none.

The Spirit breathes upon the Word
And brings the truth to sight;
Precepts and promises afford
A sanctifying light.

The hand that gave it still supplies
The gracious light and heat;
His truths upon the nations rise;
They rise, but never set.

Let everlasting thanks be Thine
For such a bright display.
As makes a world of darkness shine
With beams of heavenly day.

My soul rejoices to pursue
The steps of Him I love,
Till glory breaks upon my view
In brighter worlds above.

William Cowper (1731-1800), 1770
Copied from Song To The Lamb, Tue 13 Nov 2007

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