CLXXXV. Messiah

1 Glory to God who reigns above,
Who dwells in light, whose name is love;
Ye saints and angels, if ye can,
Declare the love of God to man.

2 O what can more his love commend
His dear, his only Son to send!
That man, condemn'd to die, might live,
And God be glorious to forgive?

3 Messiah's come—with joy behold
The days by prophets long foretold:
Judah, thy royal sceptre's broke,
And time still prove's what Jacob spoke.

4 Daniel, thy weeks are all expir'd,
The time prophetic Seals requir'd;
Cut off for sins, but not his own,
Thy prince Messiah did atone.

5 Thy famous temple, Solomon,
Is by the latter far out-shine:
It wanted not they glittering store,
Messiah's presence grac'd it more.

6 We see the prophecies fulfil'd
In Jesus, that most wondrous child:
His birth, his life, his death combine
To prove his character divine.

7 Jesus, thy gospel firmly stands
A blessing to these favour'd lands:
No infidel shall be our dread,
Since thou art risen from the dead.

Text Information
First Line: Glory to God who reigns above
Title: Messiah
Author: Needham
Meter: L. M.
Language: English
Publication Date: 1792
Scripture: ; ;
Topic: Characters and Representations of Christ: Messiah; Christ: Messiah; Prophecy Fulfilled
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