The Death and Excellency of Christ

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The Death and Excellency of Christ. Isa. 13. 12
    1    The things on earth which men esteem,
            And of their richness boast,
        In value less or greater seem,
            Proportioned to their cost.

    2    [The diamond, that’s for thousands sold,
            Our admiration draws;
        For dust men seldom part with gold,
            Or barter pearls for straws.]

    3    Then what inestimable worth
            Must in those crowns appear,
        For which the Lord came down to earth,
            And bought for us, so dear!

    4    The Father dearly loves the Son,
            And rates his merits high;
        For no mean cause he sent him down
            To suffer, grieve, and die.

    5    The blessings from his death that flow,
            So little we esteem,
        Only because we slightly know,
            And meanly value him.

    6    [’Twas our Creator for us bled,
            The Lord of life and power;
        Whom angels worship, devils dread –
            God blest for evermore.]

    7    O could we but with clearer eyes
            His excellencies trace,
        Could we his person learn to prize,
            We more should prize his grace.

Joseph Hart