Lord, what was man, when made at first,Adam the offspring of the dust,That Thou shouldst set him and his raceBut just below an angel’s place?
That Thou shouldst raise his nature so,And make him lord of all below;Make every beast and bird submit,And lay the fishes at his feet?
But O! what brighter glories waitTo crown the Second Adam’s state!What honors shall Thy Son adorn,Who condescended to be born!
See Him below His angels made;See Him in dust amongst the dead,To save a ruined world from sin;But He shall reign with power divine.
The world to come, redeemed from allThe mis’ries that attend the fall,New made and glorious, shall submitAt our exalted Savior’s feet.
Go forth to life, O child of earth!Still mindful of thy heav’nly birth;Thou art not here for ease, or sin,But manhood’s noble crown to win.
Tho’ passion’s fires are in thy soul,Thy spirit can their flames control;Tho’ tempters strong beset thy way,Thy spirit is more strong than they.
Go on from innocence of youthTo manly purity and truth;God’s angels still are near to save,And God Himself doth help the brave.
Then forth to life, O child of earth!Be worthy of thy heav’nly birth!For noble service thou art here;Thy brothers help, thy God revere!