1 Sages of ancient letter'd times!
In ev'ry age and diff'rent climes,
For wisdom fam'd among mankind,
Withdraw your thinly scatter'd rays;
Before the broad o'er pow'ring blaze,
Of the supreme eternal mind.
2 Mercy's great year, in heaven is roll'd,
By seers succeeding aeers foretold,
Was now with solemn pomp unseal'd,
Light of the world, Messiah came,
In his almighty Father's name,
And immortality reveal'd.
3 Fill'd with his Father's strength, he taught;
The dumb in rapture speak their thought,
The lame man bounding like the roe:
The blind looks up to heav'n, stern death
Resigns his spoil; and from his breath
Fierce demons shrink to shades below.
4 O works of pow'r, O works of love,
Ehereal embassage to prove,
That ev'ry rising doubt control;
Earnest of love and pow'r more strong,
Which to the son of God belong,
To heal the mis'ries of the soul.
5 Great Prophet, Savior, worthy Thou
That ev'ry knee in homage bow,
From ev'ry mouth thy praise should flow;
All thy commands are mild and just,
Thy promise, faithful to our trust,
Will pardon, peace, and heav'n bestow.
Source: Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs: selected and original, designed for the use of the Church Universal in public and private devotion #CCXXXIII