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First Line: One god the father - certainly this term
Last Line: Will find in their true, single hearts a place.
Subject(s): Christianity; Churches; Faith; Holy Ghost; Religion; Cathedrals; Belief; Creed; Holy Spirit; Theology


ONE God the Father—certainly this term
Does not a barren Deity affirm,
Without the Son; without the native light,
By which its fiery Majesty is bright;
Without the Spirit of the fire, and flame
Of life divine, eternally the same.

More one—than any thing beside can be,
Because of its inseparable three;
Which nothing can diminish or divide,
Tho' it should break all unity beside;
For this, as self-begetting, self-begot,
And to itself proceeding, it can not.

This total oneness of its threefold bliss,
Life, light, and Joy of nature's vast abyss,
No tongue so well can utter, but the mind,
That seeks for somewhat to object, may find.
No end of questions, if we must contest
A truth, by saints, of ev'ry age, express'd.

The church did always, always will agree
In its one worship of the Holy Three;
As taught by Christ, that unity divine
Was full and perfect, that is, unitrine:
He said,—Baptize all nations, and proclaim
Of Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, the name.

The Holy! Holy! Holy! of the host
Of Heav'n, is Father, Son, and Holy Ghost;
Not holy—holier—and holiest—
But one, triune, same holiness confess'd;
One God, one loving and beloved love;
On Earth below ador'd, in Heav'n above.

One living fulness of all perfect good;
Its own essential fountain, stream, and flood:
And, when according to the Christian creed,
Men worship God in spirit, word, and deed;
Faith, hope, and love's triunity of grace,
Will find in their true, single hearts a place.





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