LXXXI. Lord, what was Man, when made at first

1 Lord, what was Man, when made at first,
Adam the Offspring of the Dust,
That thou should'st set him and his Race
But just below an Angel's Place?
2 That thou should'st raise his Nature so,
And make him lord of all below,
Make every Beast and Bird submit,
And lay the Fishes at his Feet?

3 But, O what brighter Glories wait
To crown the second Adam's State!
What Honours shall thy Son adorn,
Who condescended to be born?
4 See him below his Angels made;
See him in Dust amongst the Dead,
To save a ruin'd World from Sin;
But he shall reign with Pow'r divine.

5 The World to come, redeem'd from all
The Mis'ries that attend the Fall,
New-made, and glorious, shall submit
At our exalted Saviour's Feet.

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First Line: Lord, what was Man, when made at first
Publication Date: 1765
Scripture: Hebrews 2:5; Psalm 8:3-9
Language: English
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