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Wilbur F. Crafts: Not mailed but nailed the hands he turned to the world

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Rev. Wilbur F. Crafts
Enthroned Self-sacrifice

Behold the crimsoned Lamb of God,
On the throne, slain to reign;
The kingdom of this world at last
Is His own, won with pain.
The holy city cometh down,
Where greed is banished by His frown,
And service is life’s highest crown;
Gain is loss, loss is gain.

The devil’s way of force He spurned
For the way of the cross;
Not mailed but nailed the hands he turned
To the world, on the cross;
Avengers stand before the gate
At all the palaces of hate,
But gentleness hath made Thee great
On Thy throne of the cross.

Behold thy King that meekly comes,
Lord of law, Lord of love,
No soldier shouts, no flare of drums,
Sign of peace, behold the dove.
The earth, the blessing of the meek,
Is thine, O Champion of the weak;
Thy righteousness and peace we seek,
Done on earth, as above.

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