The life, which God’s incarnate Word
Lived here below with men,
Three blest evangelists record
With heav’n inspired pen:
John soars on high, beyond the three,
To God the Father’s throne:
And shows in what deep mystery
The Word with God is one.
Upon the Savior’s loving breast
Invited to recline,
`Twas thence he drew, in moments blest,
Rich stores of truth Divine:
And thence did that angelic love
His inmost spirit fill,
Which, once enkindled from above,
Breathes in his pages still.