1 'Midst all the priests of Jewish race,
Jesus the most illustrious stands:
The radiant beauty of his face
Superior love and awe demands.
2 Not Aaron or Melchizedeck
Could claim such high descent as he;
His nature and his name bespeak
His unexampled pedigree.
3 Descending from the throne above,
He bears the endearing name of son;
Dressed in our flesh and moved by love,
He puts his priestly garments on.
4 So! he presents his sacrifice,
An offering most divinely sweet;
While clouds of fragrant incense rise,
And cover o'er the mercy seat.
5 The father with approving smile
Accepts the offering of his son:
New joys the wondering angels feel,
And haste to bear the tidings down.
6 The welcome news their lips repeat,
Gives sacred pleasure to my breast:
Henceforth, my soul, thy cause commit
To Christ, thy advocate and priest.