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Old Testament Gospel Heb. 4:2

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

Israel in ancient daysNot only had a viewOf Sinai in a blaze, But learn'd the Gospel too;The types and figures were a glass,In which they saw a Saviour's face.

The paschal sacrificeAnd blood-besprinkled door,Seen with enlighten'd eyes,And once applied with power,Would teach the need of other blood,To reconcile an angry God.

The Lamb, the Dove, set forthHis perfect innocence,Whose blood of matchless worthShould be the soul's defense;For He who can for sin atone,Must have no failings of His own.

The scapegoat on his headThe people's trespass bore,And to the desert led,Was to be seen no more:In him our Surety seem'd to say,"Behold, I bear your sins away."

Dipt in his fellow's blood,The living bird went free;The type, well understood,Express'd the sinner's plea;Described a guilty soul enlarged,And by a Saviour's death discharged.

Jesus, I love to trace,Throughout the sacred page,The footsteps of Thy grace,The same in every age!Oh grant that I may faithful beTo clearer light vouchsafed to me!