2 Sam. xv.19-22; John xii.26
|Wherefore goest thou with me?|
Said the king disowned --
Said the king despised, rejected,
|Go, return unto thy place,
To thy king of yore --
Here a pilgrim and a stranger,
|Not for thee the cities fair,
Hills of corn and wine --
All was portioned ere thou camest,
Nought is thine.
|Wandering forth where'er I may,
Exiled from mine own,
Shame, rejection I can grant thee;
|Turn and take thy brethren back,
With thy people dwell;
I have loved thee, I, the outcast;
Fare thee well.|
Then unto the crownless king
On the Kedron's shore,
All the wilderness before him,
|As the Lord lives and the king,
Ever lord to me,
Where in death or life he dwelleth
I will be.|
|Go -- pass over;| spake the king;
Then passed Ittai o'er;
Passed into the place of exile
From the shore.
He and all his little ones,
Granted by that word,
Shame, rejection, homeless wandering
With their lord.
|Go -- pass over;| words of grace,
Spoken, Lord, to me,
That, in death or life, where Thou art
I might be.
Dead and crucified with Thee,
Passed beyond my doom;
Sin and law for ever silenced
In Thy tomb.
Passed beyond the mighty curse,
Dead, from sin set free;
Not for Thee earth's joy and music,
Not for me.
Dead; the sinner past and gone,
Not the sin alone;
Living, where Thou art in glory,
On the throne.
Hidden there with Christ in God,
That blest life I share;
Christ it is who liveth in me --
|He who serves Me,| spake His lips,
|Let him follow Me,
And where I am shall My servant
Follow, where His steps lead on,
Through the golden street;
Far into the depths of glory
Track His feet.
Till unto the throne of God,
Of the Lamb, I come;
There to share the blessed welcome,
There with Him whom man rejected
In the light above,
Those whom God His Father honours
Such His love.