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Hymn #72: Israel In Ancient Days

Hymn #71 Hymn #73

The Scriptures

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72 (H.M.) William Cowper

Israel in ancient days,

Not only had a view

Of Sinai in a blaze,

But learned the gospel too;

The types and figures were a glass,

In which they saw the Saviour's face.

The paschal sacrifice

And blood-besprinkled door,

Seen with enlightened eyes,

And once applied with power,

Would teach the need of other blood,

To bring a sinner nigh to God.

The Lamb, the Dove, set forth

His perfect innocence,

Whose blood of matchless worth

Should be the soul's defence;

For he who can for sin atone,

Must have no failings of his own.

The scape-goat on his head

The people's trespass bore,

And, to the desert lead,

Was to be seen no more;

In him our surety seemed to say,

"Behold! I bear your sins away."

Dipped in his fellow's blood,

The living bird went free;

The type, well understood,

Express'd the sinners plea:

Described a guilty soul enlarged,

And by a Saviour's death discharged.

Jesus, I love to trace

Throughout the sacred page

The footsteps of thy grace,

The same in ev'ry age!

O, grant that I may faithful be

To clearer light, vouchsafed to me.

Hymn #71 Hymn #73