26. Zeal and Purity

"Come with me, and see my zeal
for the Lord."

THOU to wax fierce

     In the cause of the Lord,
To threat and to pierce
     With the heavenly sword!
Anger and Zeal,
     And the Joy of the brave,
Who bade thee to feel,
     Sin's slave.

The Altar's pure flame
     Consumes as it soars:
Faith meetly may blame,
     For it serves and adores.
Thou warnest and smitest!
     Yet Christ must atone
For a soul that thou slightest—
     Thine own.

November 23, 1832.

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