Who hath despised the day of small things?

The Lord that made both heaven and earth

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1 The Lord that made both heaven and earth,
And was himself made man,
Lay in the womb before his birth,
Contracted to a span:

2 Matured by time 'till forth he came,
A babe like others seen;
As small in size, and weak of frame,
As babes have always been.

3 From thence he grew an infant mild,
By fair and due degrees;
And them became a bigger child,
And fat on Mary's knees.

4 At first held up for want of strength,
In time alone he ran;
Then grew a boy; a lad at length
A youth; at last a man.

5 Behold from what beginnings small!
Our great salvation rose!
The strength of God is owned by all;
But who his weakness knows?

6 Thus souls that would to heaven attain,
Must Jacob's ladder climb;
And step by step the summit gain,
In measure and in time.

7 Let not the strong the weak despise;
Their faith, though small, is true;
Though low they seem in others eyes;
Their Savior seemed so too.

8 Nor meanly of the tempted think;
For, oh what tongue can tell,
How low the Lord of life must sink,
Before he vanquished hell!

9 The least believer is a saint,
And if our growth be slow,
We should not therefore tire and faint,
Since Christ himself could grow.

10 As in the days of flesh he grew,
In knowledge, stature, grace,
So in the soul that's born anew,
He keeps a gradual pace.

11 No less Almighty at his birth,
Than on his throne supreme:
His shoulders help up heaven and earth,
When Mary held up him.

The Christian's duty, exhibited in a series of hymns, 1791

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First Line: The Lord that made both heaven and earth
Title: Who hath despised the day of small things?
Language: English

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