Christ, our Light
Thursday, August 7, 2025
Commemoration of John Mason Neale, Priest, Poet, 1866

In the Law the types lay shaded:
In the promised End they faded,
CHRIST, Who all things consummates;
CHRIST, Whose Blood aside hath turned
That devouring sword which burned,
Waving wide, at Eden’s gates.
Jonah, by the tempest followed,
Whom the whale of old time swallowed,
Type of our True Jonah giving,
Three days pass’d, is rendered living
From that dark and narrow space.
Now the myrrh of Cyprus groweth,
Widelier spreadeth, sweetlier bloweth;
Law its withered blossoms throweth
That the Church may take their place.
... Adam of Saint Victor (d. 1146) & John Mason Neale (1818-1866), Mediaeval Hymns and Sequences, London: Joseph Masters, 1863, 119,121 (see the book; see also Gen. 3:23-24; Jon. 1:17; Matt. 11:27; 12:40; Luke 10:22; John 1:3; 13:3; Rom. 5:14; 1 Cor. 8:5-6; Eph. 1:22-23; Col. 1:16-17; Heb. 1:1-2; 9:24; more at Blood, Church, Eden, Law, Promise, Resurrection, Sword)

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