1 How beautiful the feet that bring
The gladsome tidings here!
What gracious messengers e'en now
To our blest eyes appear!
These are the stars which God appoints
For guides unto our way,
To lead to the true Bethlehem,
Where Christ is found alway.
2 these are our God's ambassadors,
By whom His mind we know;
God's angels in His nether heaven;
His heralds here below!
Sprinkled by them, the souls arise
That did in Adam die,
And, fed by them with bread from heaven,
Were train'd for rest on high.
3 Thy servants speak; Thou only dost
The hearing ear bestow:
They smite the rock, but Thou alone
Dost bid the waters flow.
They seek, but only Thou hast skill
To bring the wanderers home:
They call, but Thy love must compel,
And then the invited come.
4 Lord, Thou art in them of a truth,
Lest we should go astray:
The twelve bright banners march before,
And show us Canaan's way.
Bless we Thy Name Who granst us here
To sing in Sion's ways,
And then on heavenly Sion's hill,
To sing eternal praise.
Hymnal: according to the use of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America, 1871
Mason, John. The known facts of his life are scanty. He was the son of a Dissenting Minister, and the grandfather of John Mason, the author of A Treatise on Self-Knowledge. He was educated at Strixton School, Northants, and Clare Hall, Cambridge. After taking his M.A., he became Curate of Isham; and in 1668, Vicar of Stantonbury, Bucks. A little more than five years afterwards he was appointed Rector of Water-Stratford. Here he composed the volume containing The Songs of Praise, his paraphrase of The Song of Solomon, and the Poem on Dives and Lazarus, with which Shepherd's Penitential Cries was afterwards bound up. This volume passed through twenty editions. Besides the Songs of Praise, it contains six Penitential Cries by Mason, and it i… Go to person page >