THE CHRISTIAN QUOTATION OF THE DAY
Christ, our Light
Wednesday, December 16, 2015

When came in flesh the Incarnate Word,
The heedless world slept on,
And only simple shepherds heard
That God had sent His Son.
 
When comes the Saviour at the last,
From west to east shall shine
The awful pomp, and earth aghast
Shall tremble at the sign.
 
Then shall the pure in heart be blest;
As mild He comes to them,
As when upon the Virgin’s breast
He lay at Bethlehem:
 
As mild to meek-eyed love and faith;
Only more strong to save;
Strengthened, by having bowed to death,
By having burst the grave.
 
Lord, who could dare see Thee descend
In state, unless he knew
Thou art the sorrowing sinner’s Friend,
The gracious, and the true?
 
Dwell in our hearts, O Saviour blest,
So shall Thine advent-dawn
Twixt us and Thee, our bosom-Guest,
Be but the veil withdrawn.
... Joseph Anstice (1808-1836), [1836], A Library of Religious Poetry: a collection of the best poems of all ages, Philip Schaff, New York: Dodd, Mead, 1880, p. 606-607 (see the book; see also Luke 2:8-12; Ps. 99:1; Matt. 5:8; John 1:14; more at Friend, Heart, Incarnation, Purity, Resurrection, Salvation, Simplicity, Sleep)

 
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