108. Uzzah and Obed-Edom

THE ark of God has hidden strength;
    Who reverence or profane,
They, or their seed, shall find at length
    The penalty or gain.

While as a sojourner it sought
    Of old its destined place,
A blessing on the home it brought
    Of one who did it grace.

But there was one, outstripping all
    The holy-vestured band,
Who laid on it, to save its fall,
    A rude corrective hand.

Read, who the Church would cleanse, and mark
    How stern the warning runs;
There are two ways to aid her ark—
    As patrons, and as sons.

At Sea
June 24, 1833.

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