296. L. M. Bowring. Progress of Gospel Truth.
1 Upon the Gospel's sacred page
The gathered beams of ages shine;
And, as it hastens, every age
But makes its brightness more divine.
2 Truth, strengthened by the strength of thought, Pours inexhaustible supplies,
Whence sagest teachers may be taught,
And Wisdom's self become more wise.
3 More glorious still as centuries roll,
New regions blest, new powers unfurled,
Expanding with the expanding soul,
Its waters shall o'erflow the world;
4 Flow to restore, but not destroy;
As when the cloudless lamp of day
Pours out its floods of light and joy,
And sweeps each lingering mist away.