W. Garrett Horder, comp. The Poets’ Bible: New Testament. 1895.
The Fulness of the TimesWalter Chalmers Smith (18241908)
With a mingled hope and fear;
And the faithful few were sighing,
‘Surely, Lord, the day is near;
The Desire of all the nations,
It is time He should appear?’
But the ancient faith had fled;
And the priests stood by their altars,
Only for a piece of bread;
And the oracles were silent,
And the prophets all were dead.
Where the Lord had His abode,
There the money-changers trafficked
And the sheep and oxen trod;
And the world, because of wisdom,
Knew not either Lord or God.
On a Virgin meek came down,
And He burdened her with blessing,
And He pained her with renown;
For she bare the Lord’s Anointed
For His cross and for His crown.
Since the ages first began;
For in Him was hid the secret
That through all the ages ran—
Son of Mary, Son of David,
Son of God, and Son of Man.