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HYMN 8

 

The tree! the tree! that grew
up in His love
in our midst, and so
the wood of one
tree dissipated
that of another,
as the Fruit,
as It hung
on a tree, annihilated
the fruit of the other, and as Life
Itself, eradicated
the destroyer of lives.

Blessed is He Whose Portrait
was drawn by the prophets

 

In Eden and throughout
the inhabited world, parables
of the Lord lie hidden. Who can
gather together all the
likenesses and symbols, when,
in everything and everywhere, His full
portrait is given?

Blessed is He Whose Portrait
was drawn by the prophets

 

He is written in the Scriptures and is burnt
into Nature, and prophets
are the portrait of His Word.
Kings pretend to His authority, and priests,
standing in the sanctuary, are the
proof of His atonement with the world.

Blessed is He Whose Portrait
was drawn by the prophets

 

He is in David's crown
and in Moses' rod,
and He is in
the hyssop of Aaron ­
the prophets were
His representation,
but it was the apostles who,
finally, spoke aloud
His Word.

Blessed is He Whose Portrait
was drawn by the prophets

 

The weary dove in
Genesis found at last,
once again, wood
as a refuge and, like her,
the Book of the Law and of
the prophets, also,
weary at last,
has lighted upon
the Tree of Life.

Blessed is He Whose Portrait
was drawn by the prophets

 

You were seen in
revelations; comparisons
were waiting for You; symbols,
fretted in expectation
of You, and parables
ran out to greet You.

Blessed is He Whose Portrait
was drawn by the prophets

 

The rod that saved
the ones and drowned
the others was Your
symbol. It is explained
by Your cross. The depraved
fell by it and lie,
confused, while the
abused rose.

Blessed is He Whose Portrait
was drawn by the prophets

 

Types were
perfected by His power;
through His person, symbols
ran to their realisation;
likenesses,
by His interpretation,
ran to their originals;
and proverbs,
by His explanation;
so, in Scripture,
in His certainty,
every difficulty
found its resolution.

Blessed is He Whose Portrait
was drawn by the prophets

 

He sacrificed Himself and thereby
put an end to sacrifice,
or, by pouring Himself out, He
ended libations.
The sacrificial slaughter of the lambs
finished with His immolation,
as His Communion ended
the unleavened bread,
as His Passion
ended the bitter herbs.

Blessed is He Whose Portrait
was drawn by the prophets

 

By the solid nourishment of His
Body and Blood were we weaned,
as in Baptism, the People's
washing and ritual
sprinkling came to an end.

Blessed is He Whose Portrait
was drawn by the prophets

 

By His Body and Blood
the tithe was annulled
that had been imposed on food.
The tithe came to an end,
for it is not by anything
we eat we are defiled
but by
the seven passions of the mind.

Blessed is He Whose Portrait
was drawn by the prophets

 

In His Truth and in His Light
(in His Being and His Power)
He revealed
to those who were His own His Beauty. All
that was fit
to adorn Him came to Him and became
beautiful by Him. All sufferings, too,
that were worthy of Him came to Him
to be fulfilled.

Blessed is He Whose Portrait
was drawn by the prophets

 

John was the end
and limit He set
to the prophets. Then
the apostles appeared.
The prophets, dismissed,
went to their rest.
Now it was the turn of the apostles to
weary themselves the whole day through.

Blessed is He Whose Portrait
was drawn by the prophets

 

Abel is the type of the Good
Shepherd who gave Himself up
for the sheep; while Noah
represents the fold; Jacob,
in his wanderings, is the flock
and Moses' rod
the bishop's crook.

Blessed is He Whose Portrait
was drawn by the prophets

 

The twelve children of Jacob proclaim
the apostles. In Judah, You are a King.
In Levi, You are a Priest; but Joseph,
thrown by his brothers, innocent,
into the pit, is the new
dispensation of the Lord.

Blessed is He Whose Portrait
was drawn by the prophets

 

Shem gloried in Your likeness;
Abraham shared Your joy;
Isaac carried Your cross.
Throughout the Scriptures Your
Image is everywhere.

Blessed is He Whose Portrait
was drawn by the prophets

 

Your teaching is like the dew
of Gideon that fell in drops and wet
the brittleness of the people, so
their fruits were pleasing to You.

Blessed is He Whose Portrait
was drawn by the prophets

 

David wrote in a psalm
the promise of Your Father:
the temporal priesthood comes to an end
but "You are a priest forever ..."

Blessed is He Whose Portrait
was drawn by the prophets

 

So God kept the promise He made
to Abraham, that from him would proceed
a multitude, greater than the stars,
a blessing to the Universe.

Blessed is He Whose Portrait
was drawn by the prophets

 

Melchisedek, a priest
of the peoples, is nobler
far than the priests
of the People. He pointed to
the Priest Who would come
to all the peoples, the Priest,
slain by the People.

Blessed is He Whose Portrait
was drawn by the prophets

 

The tribe of Levi knew that You
would come bearing hyssop
to whiten all the world, so that
by Your apostles their
priesthood would come to an end.

Blessed is He Whose Portrait
was drawn by the prophets

 

The People knew that You
would come teaching the peoples, so
they silenced You, but
Your death itself spoke out,
enlightening the world.

Blessed is He Whose Portrait
was drawn by the prophets

 

The Scribes knew that You
would spread the knowledge of the word
of Moses through the world, and so
they fixed You on a cross, but
that cross itself was
the meaning of Scripture.

Blessed is He Whose Portrait
was drawn by the prophets