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Eternal Excellence

Eternal Excellence

Author: James Relly
Published in 4 hymnals

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1 Eternal Excellence!
Thy Worms would fain declare,
In the divinest Sense
How thou art heav'nly fair:
O Prince, Messiah, thou art seen
The fairest of the sons of Men.

2 Jesus, thy Beauties shine
Bright, infinitely bright;
Both Human and Divine,
In thee, O Lamb, unite!
Whate'er in Heav'n or Earth we see,
As beautiful, are Types of thee.

3 The Son, the Moon, the Stars,
With all the Thrones above,
Thine Excellence declares,
Thy Beauty, Pow'r, and Love:
All Worlds before thy Throne we see,
A Sea of Glass reflecting thee.

4 Man in his first Estate,
Most wonderfully form'd,
With Beauty's Pow'rs replete,
With Holiness adorn'd,
From ev'ry Spot and Blemish free,
Was but a Figure, Lord, of thee.

5 All Blood of Goats, and Lambs,
Is to thy Blood divine,
Or, as their Altar-Flames,
Dear Jesus are to thine;
So Adam's Purity appears,
To thee no more Proportion bears.

6 Lo! here Self-Int'rest fails,
Man's Haughtiness sinks low;
Thy Beauty, Lord, prevails;
We at thy Footstool bow:
Thou know'st our Heart, we need no more,
Our Heav'n's to worship, love, adore.

Source: Christian Hymns, Poems, and Spiritual Songs: sacred to the praise of God our Saviour #I.LXVII

Author: James Relly

James Relly was born about 1722 at Jeffreston, Pembrokeshire, Wales, and died in 1778. He was converted to Christianity during the Great Awakening ushered in by George Whitefield. He worked under George Whitefield as a Calvinistic Methodist preacher and missionary. However, Whitefield and Relly separated ways over Relly's seemingly universalist teaching that all humanity was elect (i.e. saved) when Christ took the punishment for all sin when he died. He also departed from both the Calvinists and Methodists by taking the doctrine of Justification further, in teaching that believers no longer sin and the Law's sole purpose is to condemn humanity and point them to Christ. He was the mentor of John Murray, the founder of the Universalist Ch… Go to person page >

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First Line: Eternal Excellence
Author: James Relly
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


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