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The Christian

Olney Hymns, William Cowper, from Cowper's Poems, Sheldon & Company, New York

Honour and happiness uniteTo make the Christian's name a praise;How fair the scene, how clear the light,That fills the remnant of His days!

A kingly character He bears,No change His priestly office knows;Unfading is the crown He wears,His joys can never reach a close.

Adorn'd with glory from on high,Salvation shines upon His face;His robe is of the ethereal dye,His steps are dignity and grace.

Inferior honours He disdains,Nor stoops to take applause from earth;The King of kings Himself maintainsThe expenses of His heavenly birth.

The noblest creature seen below,Ordain'd to fill a throne above;God gives him all He can bestow,His kingdom of eternal love!

My soul is ravish'd at the thought!Methinks from earth I see Him rise!Angels congratulate His lot,And shout Him welcome to the skies!