Man honored above angels.229
Now let us join with hearts and tongues,
And emulate the angels’ songs;
Yea, sinners may address their King
In songs that angels cannot sing.
They praise the Lamb who once was slain,
But we can add a higher strain;
Not only say, “He suffered thus,”
But, that he suffered all for us.
When angels by transgression fell,
Justice consigned them all to hell;
But mercy formed a wondrous plan,
To save, and honor fallen man.
Jesus, who passed the angels by,
Assumed our flesh to bleed and die;
And still he makes it his abode,
As man, he fills the throne of God.
Our next of kin, our Brother now,
Is he to whom the angels bow;
They join with us to praise his name,
But we the nearest interest claim.
But ah! how faint our praises rise!
Sure, ’tis the wonder of the skies;
That we, who share his richest love,
So cold and unconcerned should prove.
O glorious hour it comes with speed
When we from sin and darkness freed,
Shall see the GOD who died for man,
And praise him more than angels can.
2424See also Book 3, Hymn 83