59. Wisdom! Jehovah's First Delight

C.M.
by Lady Campbell
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Wisdom! Jehovah's first delight,
 
The everlasting Son!
 
Before the first of all His works,
 
Creation, was begun;
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Before the skies and watery clouds,
 
Before the solid land;
 
Before the fields, before the floods,
 
Thou wast at His right hand!
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When He adorned the arch of heaven
 
And built it, Thou wast there,
 
To order where the sun should rise,
 
And marshal every star.
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When ocean's bed was measured out,
 
And spread the hoary deep,
 
Thou gav'st the flood a firm decree
 
In its own bounds to keep.
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When, hung amid the empty space,
 
The earth was balanced well,
 
With joy Thou saw'st the mansion where
 
The sons of men should dwell.
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Jesus! from everlasting days
 
Thy thoughts upon us ran;
 
Ere sin was known, ere Adam's dust
 
Was fashioned into man.