W. Garrett Horder, comp. The Poets’ Bible: New Testament. 1895.
We Would See JesusCharles Laurence Ford (1830 )
When the Godhead’s veiléd Glory shone through our humanity,
Burst a sunlight transitory o’er that sorrow-darkened sea.
In His world-atoning pity Paschal Sacrifice and Priest,
Chaunting psalm and solemn ditty came the people to the feast.
Little children with their singing joined the unpresumptuous throng,
Joyous jubilates ringing filled Jerusalem with song.
From the classic vales and highlands dowered with a deathless name,
Breaking, late, the world’s cold silence, strangers with their question came.
Him for whom the thousands linger health and benison to crave;
Him the glorious God-like bringer of corruption from the grave.’
Came a smile of gladness creeping like a sunbeam on the gloom,
Like a radiant angel keeping vigil o’er a dreary tomb.
Of the stern day of decision, and the Roman battle-call,
Rose a gleam of light elysian, of a day that dawned for all.
With their sacrifices duly, with their gold and silver free,
Owning His allegiance truly, princes to his House should flee.
Solved the riddle of the sages, heard the music of the spheres,
In the glad advancing stages of a world that knows no tears.
Saw return the hours primeval, saw the universe renewed
By the taming of the evil, and the triumph of the good:
All the fruitless wild endeavour for unsatisfying gain,
Swallowed up in joy’s broad river, swelling to a boundless main.
Of an agony all tearful, and a dark untrodden way
With no friendly voices cheerful, brightened by no heavenly ray.
When the gale with force redoubled lashes in a sudden sweep
Wisps of foam that danced and bubbled, to a wild and angry leap.
Working aye in our disfavour, man’s bright hope to overlour;
Should He say, the world’s sole Saver, “Father, save Me from this hour?”
Though His Heart be rent asunder, stands God’s purpose without blame—
Hark! amid the answering thunder, “Father, glorify Thy Name.”
By the universal chorus let the firmament be riven,
While the ages travel o’er us, glorified with Him in heaven.