When Adam fell, he quickly lostGod’s image, which he once possessed:See all our nature since could boastIn Cain, his first-born son, expressed!
The sacrifice the Lord ordainedIn type of the Redeemer’s blood,Self-righteous reasoning Cain disdained,And thought his own first-fruits as good.
Yet rage and envy filled his mind,When, with a fallen, downcast look,He saw his brother favor find,Who God’s appointed method took.
By Cain’s own hand, good Abel died,Because the Lord approved his faith;And, when his blood for vengeance cried,He vainly thought to hide his death.
Such was the wicked murderer Cain,And such by nature still are we,Until by grace we’re born again,Malicious, blind and proud, as he.
Like him the way of grace we slight,And in our own devices trust;Call evil good, and darkness light,And hate and persecute the just.
The saints, in every age and place,Have found this history fulfilled;The numbers all our thoughts surpassOf Abels, whom the Cains have killed!
Thus Jesus fell—but O! His bloodFar better things than Abel’s cries:Obtains His murderers peace with God,And gains them mansions in the skies.