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    Diversely Excellent

    Revelation 5:5-6 “…Behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof. And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain…”

    True Son of God, true Son of Man,
    Both terrible and fair,
    What various attributes you span!
    Perfections ah! how rare,
    How vast are in your person blent,
    And all diversely excellent.

    You only are the sovereign King,
    And you the Servant mild;
    Artificer of everything,
    And made a human child;
    You held the world up in your hand,
    Even while you walked its sinful land!

    You judge the world in holy fire,
    Avenge the merest vice:
    And you became what you require –
    The bloody sacrifice!
    O wonder! that you hate all sin,
    Yet spread your arms to take it in.

    And ah, the wonder does appear
    Most glorious on the cross:
    I see you, Savior, hanging there,
    And in your deepest loss,
    The greatest victory and gain
    That ever flowed from God to man.

    The mighty wrath of God there meets
    Redemptive love his own;
    There God the desperate sinner greets,
    Who there forsook his Son;
    Your God-like wrath, your mercy free
    Clasp hands, Redeemer, on that tree!

    My God! you are surpassing great:
    Trembling, I bow in fear;
    My Savior! you are wondrous sweet,
    And gently draw me near.
    I find no joy but in your name,
    Jesus! the Lion and the Lamb.

    Note: Previously I had posted this and a few other hymns and poems on this site, which as of now are no longer available -- I may post a few more of them here again in the future.

    Posted by Nathan on November 24, 2009 07:49 PM


    aww, I came here today just to read your beautiful poems again! I hope you will put them back on your site? Thanks for posting this one though.

    My poems can be accessed individually on my website, and my book of poems can be downloaded freely or purchased in print at my storefront.

    Nathan, this is beautiful. Nicely done. May I use it in the "Sunday Respite" section of my blog?

    Yes, Diane, of course. I'm glad you have a use for it.


    I am enjoying your poety...especially the paradoxical grace poem called Diversely Excellent. This poem fits perfectly with my painting Until Shiloh Comes. May I have permission to post it on my site?
    In Christ our excellent Savior

    Yes, you may.

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