|HONOUR and happiness unite,
To give the Christian cause for praise;
How fair the scene, how clear the light
That fills the remnant of his days!
|2||A kingly character he bears,
Unchanging priestly office knows,
Unfading is the crown he wears,
Coupled with joys that never close.
|3||Adorned with glory from on high,
Salvation shines upon his face,
Clad in a robe of heavenly dye,
Righteousness, dignity and grace.
|4||Inferior honours he disdains,
Nor stoops to seek applause from earth;
The King of kings Himself maintains
The expenses of his heavenly birth.
|5||The noblest being seen below,
Ordained to share the throne above,
God gives him all He can bestow
His kingdom of eternal love!
|6||The Christian marvels at the thought
That, at the end, his soul will rise,
Angels admire his glorious lot
With cries of welcome to the skies!
|William Cowper, 1731-1800|