The first Eternal Mind was law to all,
And did the Universe to being call:
Next, of the First-born forth was chaos spread
And thirdly, soul on task of labour sped:
But it in vesture thin, and slight array,
O'ercome with toil, to death becomes a prey.
At one time regnant it beholds the light;
Then soon laments, cast down in piteous plight.
'Tis hazard all: now joy, now grief, befalls;
And now it dies, and now fresh life recalls.
In never-ending labyrinth of woes
It, wretched, hither now, now hither goes.
Then Jesus spake: On earth, O Father, see
How things have strayed in dire perplexity
Far from Thy Breath: how floods of evil roll,
And in base matter overwhelm the soul!
Escape it seeks from bitter woe all round,
But knows not where a passage may be found.
O Father, Me upon this errand send:
Bearing Thy seals, I will the depths descend;
Throughout whole ages I will make my way,
All mysteries of darkness turn to day;
And godlike forms I thenceforth will display:
Forth Knowledge I will call to quell all strife,
And upward show the holy paths of life.
Songs and Hymns of Earliest Greek Christian Poets, 1876
Chatfield, Allen William, M.A., born at Chatteris, Oct. 2nd, 1808, and educated at Charterhouse School and Trinity College, Cambridge, where he was Bell's Univ. Scholar and Members' Prizeman. He graduated in 1831, taking a first class in classical honours. Taking Holy Orders in 1832, he was from 1833 to 1847 Vicar of Stotfold, Bedfordshire; and since 1847 Vicar of Much-Marcle, Herefordshire. Mr. Chatfield has published various Sermons from time to time. His Litany, &c. [Prayer Book] in Greek verse is admirable, and has been commended by many eminent scholars. His Songs and Hymns of Earliest Greek Christian Poets, Bishops, and others, translated into English Verse, 1876, has not received the attention of hymnal compilers which it merits. One… Go to person page >
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