Through countless ages, many men

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Through countless ages, many men
Have longed and sought and tried to see
The secret of the universe,
So vast, so great a mystery.
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Yet not through struggling could frail man
The secret of this myst’ry find;
Nor chance, by stumbling, come upon
Such hidden things—to these he’s blind.
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Behold in heav’n a throne is set,
And One upon the throne revealed;
And held in His right hand a scroll—
The mystery is tightly sealed.
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Through all the universe, a cry—
’Can one be found of such great worth
The scroll to take?’ ... yet no reply,
From heav’n, below, or on the earth.
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Were it a matter now for man
By chance, or some ability,
Then surely one would now step forth
To open God’s economy.
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Yet sad and solemn was that sight.
John wept as then he looked around;
And we, too, still might weeping be
If none at all were worthy found.
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But then the angel said, ’Weep not!
Behold, the Lion has prevailed
To take the scroll and loose its seals;
He has the mystery now unveiled!’
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So, John looked up the Lion to see,
But, lo, he then beheld a Lamb;
Christ both o’ercame the enemy,
And wrought redemption’s work for man.
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The angels fall before His throne,
Four living creatures offer praise,
All glory to the Lion-Lamb;
Let us with theirs our voices raise!