Psalm 8:4 Paraphrased [Lord, What Was Man, When Made At First] by Isaac Watts

Second Part. L. M.
Adam and Christ, lords of
the old and the new creation.

Lord, what was man, when made at first,
Adam the offspring of the dust,
That thou shouldst set him and his race
But just below an angel’s place?

That thou shouldst raise his nature so
And make him lord of all below;
Make every beast and bird submit,
And lay the fishes at his feet?

But O, what brighter glories wait
To crown the second Adam’s state!
What honours shall thy Son adorn
Who condescended to be born!

See him below his angels made,
See him in dust amongst the dead,
To save a ruin’d world from sin;
But he shall reign with power divine.

The world to come, redeem’d from all
The miseries that attend the fall,
New made, and glorious, shall submit
At our exalted Saviour’s feet.

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