A hymn for the feast of the Reformation, Matthew 11:12.
As forceful men seize it by force!
Though human strength bear off this hour,
Help us to trust Thy gospel's power.
Yea, bless us by this fiery trial:
Burn up the tinder of denial.
Spread light upon our shadowed path,
And leave unscorched our holy faith.
This flame shall purge what is impure;
Like steel, our faith shall prove more sure.
Our lintel bears the paschal mark;
We shall not perish in the dark.
For now we eat, as though in haste,
The passover we long to taste:
The chosen Word, the one I Am,
Himself becomes the offered Lamb.
Our needy hands stretch forth to Thine,
Accepting, under bread and wine,
The pledge to grasping sinners given:
The freely granted peace of heaven.