1 See Aaron, God's anointed priest,
Within the veil appear,
In robes of mystic meaning dressed,
Presenting Israel's prayer.
2 The plate of gold which crowns his brows,
His holiness describes;
His breast displays in shining rows,
The names of all the tribes.
3 With the atoning blood he stands
Before the mercy-seat,
And clouds of incense from his hands
Arise with odor sweet.
4 Through him, the eye of faith decries
A greater priest than he:
Thus Jesus pleads above the skies,
For you, my friends, and me.
5 He bears the names of all his saints,
Deep on his heart engraved;
Attentive to the state and wants
of all his love has saved.
6 In him a holiness complete,
Light and perfections shine,
And wisdom, grace, and glory meet;
A Savior all divine.
The Hartford Selection of Hymns from the most approved authors, 1799