It was a garden in the primal age
|It was a garden in the primal age,
But at the end it is a city square;
Creation’s center in the garden was,
God’s building issues in the city fair.
|Both in the garden and the city fair
A river and the tree of life are seen,
Christ typifying as the life supply,
The Spirit showing as the living stream.
|Both in the garden and the city bright
Three kinds of precious substances are found;
There are the gold, the pearls, and precious stones
Which for the building work of God abound.
|But in the garden all these precious things
Are just materials lying in the earth,
Yet in the city all are builded up
And form that dwelling of transcendent worth.
|Man in the garden of the clay was formed,
In nature as the Lord created him;
The tree of life was then without the man,
Not having yet become his life within.
|But in the city glorious the tree
Within the corporate “man” doth grow, thereby
Revealing Christ Himself as life divine
Being to man his inward life supply.
|’Tis for the city man is wrought upon,
Therefore regenerated and transformed
To purest gold, to pearls and precious stones,
As Christ’s own Body, to Himself conformed.
|Within the garden also was a bride,
Who was to Adam as his counterpart;
Lastly, the city is itself the bride
As Christ’s own fulness, precious to His heart.
|The city is God’s building work replete,
A composition of the justified;
A habitation it affords to God
And is to Christ His own beloved bride.
|’Tis God’s expression, ultimate and full,
Corporate and universal, marvelous;
God’s glory it completely manifests,
And is Christ’s counterpart most glorious.
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