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Alfred H. Miles, ed.  The Sacred Poets of the Nineteenth Century.  1907.
Hymns (1867).
I. “Earth was waiting”
By Walter Chalmers Smith (1824–1908)
          “When the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth His Son, made of a woman.”
—Gal. iv. 4.    

EARTH was waiting, spent and restless,
  With a mingled hope and fear;
And the faithful few were sighing,
  “Surely, Lord, the day is near;
The desire of all the nations,        5
  It is time He should appear.”
Still the gods were in their temples,
  But the ancient faith had fled;
And the priests stood by their altars
  Only for a piece of bread;        10
And the Oracles were silent,
  And the Prophets all were dead.
In the sacred courts of Zion,
  Where the Lord had His abode,
There the money-changers trafficked,        15
And the sheep and oxen trod;
  And the world, because of wisdom,
Knew not either Lord or God.
Then the spirit of the Highest
  On a virgin meek came down,        20
And He burdened her with blessing,
  And He pained her with renown;
For she bare the Lord’s Anointed
  For His cross and for His crown.
Earth for Him had groaned and travailed,        25
  Since the ages first began;
For in Him was hid the secret
  That through all the ages ran—
Son of Mary, Son of David,
  Son of God, and Son of Man.        30

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