Poetry: The Saviour

Albert Hull

How true the sacred scriptures are, reveals this "Saviour-God,"
From earliest time this promise to a sinful world records,
The Seed of Eve the woman who would bruise the serpent’s head,
But in His might victory would suffer in man’s stead.

None like Thee on Thy Lofty Throne, where seraphs veiled their face,
None like Thee in yon manger born, stupendous stoop in grace,
That very God, of very God was wrapped in swaddling bands,
Yet He created worlds on worlds, the product of His hands.

The prophets of the past foretold, that such an One would come,
Who was from everlasting, yet a perfect Man become,
They searched with diligence to know the time when this would dawn,
But this evaded every search, to them this was unknown.

The Saviour of the virgin born, conceived of Holy Ghost,
This mystery did enshroud her as, she brought her first-born forth.
His name! she called Him Jesus, yet declared the Son of God,
The shepherds came to see Him then, announced the news abroad.

Blest Jesus! like the tender plant grew up before Thy God,
In deepest poverty and want, Thy pillow was the sod.
Who like Thee would such insults bear and not revile again?
Lovely; Thou dids’t such mantle wear, unique without a stain.

Never in human history did such a birth take place,
To that little town of Bethlehem, our God came down in grace,
He lived among a ruined race, compassion marked His path,
Then all alone on Calvary’s tree for us endured God’s wrath.

The wrath that humankind deserved fell on this Spotless Man,
And when He at last cried "Finished," He had fulfilled God’s plan.
Wonder of wonders as we gaze with hearts adoring bend,
Before our Blessed Saviour-God our tongues with praises blend.

But lovelier Thou He doth appear when smitten by the Rod,
His visage was so marred when so bruised by His God,
When in descending darkness, where no human eye could see,
This perfect man yet truly God, endured the curse for me.

The mystery of the Godhead will, now cause our hearts to praise,
That God in triune Persons was, through His own Son displayed
Eternally, all one in essence, equal in every attribute,
‘Twas only when Christ came to earth we see revealed this truth.