11918. Israel In Ancient Days

1 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 Savior’s face.

2 The paschal sacrifice,
And blood-besprinkled door,
Seen with enlightened eyes,
And once applied with power,
Would teach the need of other blood,
To reconcile an angry God.

3 The lamb, the dove, set forth
His perfect innocence,
Whose blood of matchless worth
Should be the soul’s defense;
For He who can for sin atone,
Must have no failings of His own.

4 The scape-goat on his head
The people’s trespass bore,
And, to the desert led,
Was to be seen no more;
In him our surety seemed to say,
"Behold I bear your sins away."

5 Dipped in his fellow’s blood,
The living bird went free:
The type, well understood,
Expressed the sinner’s plea—
Described the guilty soul enlarged,
And by the Savior’s death discharged.

6 Jesus, I love to trace
Throughout the sacred page,
The footsteps of Thy grace,
The same in every age!
O grant that I may faithful be
To clearer light vouchsafed to me

Text Information
First Line: Israel, in ancient days
Title: Israel In Ancient Days
Author: William Cowper
Meter: 66.66.88
Language: English
Source: Olney Hymns (London, W. Oliver, 1779), Book 1
Copyright: Public Domain
Notes: Alternate tune: ARTHUR'S SEAT by John Goss
Tune Information
Composer: Arthur Seymour Sullivan (1874)
Meter: 66.66.88
Key: D Major
Copyright: Public Domain

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