Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, MEDITATIONS FOR EVERY DAY IN PASSION WEEK: FRIDAY, by JOHN BYROM

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First Line: With hearts deep rooted in love's holy ground
Last Line: To god's good pleasure, with a christ-like mind.
Subject(s): Bible; Christianity; Jesus Christ - Suffering & Sacrifice; Religion; Salvation; Theology

WITH hearts deep rooted in love's holy ground
Should be ador'd this mystery profound
Of God's Messiah suff'ring in our frame;
The Lamb Christ Jesus—blessed be his name!—
Dying, in this humanity of ours,
To introduce his own life-giving pow'rs.

Herein is Love! descending from his throne,
The Father's bosom, for our sakes alone,
What earth, what hell could wrathfully unite
Of ills, he vanquish'd with enduring might:
Legions of angels ready at command,
Singly he chose to bear and to withstand;

To bear,—intent upon mankind's relief,—
Ev'ry excess of ev'ry shame and grief;
Of inward anguish, past all thought severe;
Such as pure innocence alone could bear.
Dev'lish temptation, treachery, and rage,
Naked, for us, did innocence engage.

Nail'd to a cross it suffer'd and forgave;
And shew'd the penitent its pow'r to save:
Its majesty confess'd by nature's shock,
Darkness, and earthquake, and the rented rock,
And opening graves—the prelude to that pow'r,
Which rose in suff'ring love's momentous hour.

No other pow'r could save, but Jesus can;
The living God was in the dying man;
Who, perfected by suff'rings, from the grave
Rose in the fulness of all pow'r to save:
With that one blessed life of God to fill
The vacant soul, that yieldeth up its will.

To learn is ev'ry pious Christian's part,
From his Great Master, this most holy art;
This our high calling, privilege, and prize,
With Him to suffer, and with Him to rise:
To live—to die—meek, patient, and resign'd
To God's good pleasure, with a Christ-like mind.

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