1 Hail! high, exalted, righteous Man,
First of the Ways of God!
Whose Work of Love in thee began,
As wintess'd by thy Blood.
2 Before the Sons of God declar'd
With Shouts, their solemn Joy;
Or Songs of Morning Stars were heard,
As pure without Alloy:
3 Thy early Day, proclaim'd Thee then,
The First-born Child of Grace;
Great Representative of Men,
Before the Father's Face.
4 The great Invisible we see,
In Thee, and Thee alone:
To Men, and Angels out of Thee,
The Godhead is unknown.
5 God's noble Works shine in thy Face,
Thou his infinite Thought;
Creation, Providence, and Grace,
In Thee decreed and wrought.
Source: Christian Hymns, Poems, and Spiritual Songs: sacred to the praise of God our Saviour #I.VII