by Gideon O. Burton

The Eye With All Her Searching Has Not Seen
by Gideon O. Burton

An imitation of 1 Corinthians 2:9-10:
"But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God."

In holy writ, in prophets' ink is said
The eye with all her searching has not seen
Nor has the patient ear with patience read
Nor has it entered hearts both whole and clean
Those glories, blanket blessings thick and full
That he our loving God has long prepared
Has saved and savored till at last he pulls
The heavens whole on souls whose hearts are bared
In pure and simple love for him. And yet
Our gracious master has revealed this boon
Through spirit, holy washing grace, through wet
And cleansing peace upon us, heaven's tune.
     For Spirit searches all and fathoms deep,
     So well he plunges sin until we weep.

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