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Hymn 148

 The names and titles of Christ.
From several scriptures.
With cheerful voice I sing The titles of my Lord, And borrow all the names Of honor from his word: Nature and art can ne'er supply Sufficient forms of majesty.
In Jesus we behold His Father's glorious face, Shining for ever bright, With mild and lovely rays Th' eternal God's eternal Son Inherits and partakes the throne.
] The sovereign King of kings, The Lord of lords most high, Writes his own name upon His garment and his thigh: His name is called The Word of God; He rules the earth with iron rod.
Where promises and grace Can neither melt nor move, The angry Lamb resents The injuries of his love; Awakes his wrath without delay, As lions roar, and tear the prey.
But when for works of peace The great Redeemer comes, What gentle characters, What titles he assumes! Light of the world, and Life of men; Nor will he bear those names in vain.
Immense compassion reigns In our Immanuel's heart, When he descends to act A Mediator's part: He is a Friend and Brother too; Divinely kind, divinely true.
At length the Lord the Judge His awful throne ascends, And drives the rebels far From favorites and friends: Then shall the saints completely prove The heights and depths of all his love.

Poem by Isaac Watts
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