1 BEHOLD, where breathing love divine,
2 Our dying Master stands!
3 His weeping followers gathering round
4 Receive his last commands.
5 From that mild teacher's parting lips
6 What tender accents fell!
7 The gentle precept which he gave
8 Became its author well.
9 "Blest is the man, whose soft'ning heart
10 "Feels all another's pain;
11 "To whom the supplicating eye
12 "Was never rais'd in vain.
13 "Whose breast expands with generous warmth
14 "A stranger's woes to feel;
15 "And bleeds in pity o'er the wound
16 "He wants the power to heal.
17 "He spreads his kind supporting arms
18 "To every child of grief;
19 "His secret bounty largely flows,
20 "And brings unask'd relief.
21 "To gentle offices of love
22 "His feet are never slow;
23 "He views thro' mercy's melting eye
24 "A brother in a foe.
25 "Peace from the bosom of his GOD,
26 "My peace to him I give;
27 "And when he kneels before the throne,
28 "His trembling soul shall live.
29 "To him protection shall be shewn;
30 "And mercy from above
31 "Descend on those who thus fulfil
32 "The perfect law of love. "
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