1 He lived as none but he has lived,
That wisest Teacher from above;
He died as none but he has died, --
His every act an act of love.
2 His fervent piety was breathed
To the lone waste, the desert hill;
And in the haunts of men he sought
To do his Heavenly Father's will.
3 He preached the gospel to the poor,
Beside the couch of anguish stood,
Consoled the sufferer, healed the sick,
And went about still doing good.
4 With sinners he conversed, and gave
Peace to the weary, troubled mind;
Yet free from stain till life's last hour,
In him his foes no fault could find.
5 Born 'midst the humblest sons of earth,
All earth's temptations he withstood;
And yet all human praise renounced,
Declaring God alone is good.