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HYMN 10

 

Try, my son, to apply
to the glorious Moses some
of the symbols that belong
properly to the One,
the Prototype of the First-Born, and see
how thoroughly Moses will be
defeated and overthrown.

Blessed is He Whose Portrait
was drawn by the prophets

 

For even what he did
in Egypt when he saved
the People using blood
cannot help him, for
it was not himself that the blood,
splashed on the door,
signified.

Blessed is He Whose Portrait
was drawn by the prophets

 

For Moses himself, with all
his generation died
in the desert, but the symbol
of the blood continued
down through all the generations
until it could rejoin, as one,
its Prototype, the Lamb.

Blessed is He Whose Portrait
was drawn by the prophets

 

The lamb, by its blood, saved
the People as, by His Blood, He
saved the peoples; it was not
Pharaoh's evil He defeated, but
the source of evil, as it was
from Sin, and not from Egypt, we
were delivered, free.

Blessed is He Whose Portrait
was drawn by the prophets

 

So, we could pretend
that this was just an event
that happened in Egypt, were it
not that the Truth which underlay
the symbol has remained,
constant, to this day.

Blessed is He Whose Portrait
was drawn by the prophets

 

Parables and images cry in pain
that by a tight limit they are restrained
and here where the life of the peoples begins
the life of the People has come to an end.

Blessed is He Whose Portrait
was drawn by the prophets

 

There is no sacrifice!
the priesthood is no more,
kingship has ceased
and there is no throne, no crown,
the People sits
in a stupour.

Blessed is He Whose Portrait
was drawn by the prophets

 

Seek and ye shall find
in David, when he sang:
"Sit at My right hand"
and see
that, even in all his majesty,
David in His Presence,
is insignificant.

Blessed is He Whose Portrait
was drawn by the prophets

 

See what he wrote: "The Lord
said ..."
O, son of Jesse, tell us:
to whom was this word addressed?
Was it to your son?
Or was it to your Lord?

Blessed is He Whose Portrait
was drawn by the prophets

 

David cried out in the Spirit:
"The Lord said to my Lord"
and so, before our Lord,
the People's king inclines.
He was his son.
He was his Lord.

Blessed is He Whose Portrait
was drawn by the prophets

 

His Nature is high, and His
Compassion is humble.
He was his Lord.
He was his son.
Lord by His Nature.
Son by compassion.

Blessed is He Whose Portrait
was drawn by the prophets

 

Shepherds and kings
were many in the People.
They passed away
but the symbols remained
to greet the Shepherd, to greet the King.

Blessed is He Whose Portrait
was drawn by the prophets

 

As for the prophets,
they are too numerous
to mention them all.
My mind is too small
ever to gather
so many little
drops of water

Blessed is He Whose Portrait
was drawn by the prophets

 

and so I must allow
all the stories in Scripture
and all the beautiful
symbols in nature
to pass over me,
going to their final
limit in the Sea.

Blessed is He Whose Portrait
was drawn by the prophets

 

The Sea does not demand
assistance from the feeble
rivers that flow into it
from all around,
but they who have been everywhere
buffeted and wearied
find in its enormity
the rest they need.

Blessed is He Whose Portrait
was drawn by the prophets

 

Look at the prophets and see
how terribly they long
to come to Christ; they who were wronged
and wearied by the People
rest in the peoples.

Blessed is He Whose Portrait
was drawn by the prophets

 

O Sea, let me have,
by Grace, only one
drop of Your compassion,
so that in its flow,
I may be washed and born
yet again, and carried
all the way back to You.

Blessed is He Whose Portrait
was drawn by the prophets

 

The symbols fell silent, seeing
the Truth that was coming.
Blessed is He Whose teaching
answers to the Scriptures
that have drawn His Picture.

Blessed is He Whose Portrait
was drawn by the prophets