Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Cowpers Onley Hymns: The Names of God

Jehovah-Shalom: The Lord Send Peace

 (Judges, vi.25) 

Jesus! whose blood so freely stream'd
    To satisfy the law's demand;
    By Thee from guilt and wrath redeem'd,
    Before the Father's face I stand.
    To reconcile offending man,
    Make Justice drop her angry rod;
    What creature could have form'd the plan,
    Or who fulfil it but a God?
    No drop remains of all the curse,
    For wretches who deserved the whole;
    No arrows dipt in wrath to pierce
    The guilty, but returning soul.
    Peace by such means so dearly bought,
    What rebel could have hoped to see?
    Peace by his injured Sovereign wrought,
    His Sovereign fasten'd to a tree.
    Now, Lord, Thy feeble worm prepare!
    For strife with earth and hell begins;
    Conform and gird me for the war;
    They hate the soul that hates his sins.
    Let them in horrid league agree!
    They may assault, they may distress;
    But cannot quench Thy love to me,
    Nor rob me of the Lord my peace.

William Cowper


ctb18 said...

Thank you so much for taking time to post this hymn, as well as your other postings. What depth of theology and what wonderful use of language to convey these truths. Very encouraging! May God bless you richly.

Brad Culver said...

Bless you ctb 18, thanx for posting the comment.. i love Cowper, his story is really quit uplifting and his poetry, deeply deeply felt. greatful your finding the posts encouraging...