Before Abraham was, I am.@John 8:58

Samuel Wesley, Jr., Poems on Several Occasions 1736.

Abridge Isaac Smith, circa 1770 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Samuel Wesley, Jr. (1690–1739)

Hail, God the Son, in glory crowned,
Ere time began to be;
Throned with Thy Sire, through half the round
Of vast eternity!

Let Heaven, and earth’s stupendous frame
Display their author’s power;
And each exalted seraph-flame
Creator, Thee adore.

Thy wondrous love the Godhead showed
Contracted to a span—
The co-eternal Son of God,
The mortal Son of man.

To save us from our lost estate,
Behold His life-blood stream:
Hail Lord, almighty to create,
Almighty to redeem!

The Mediator’s God-like sway
His Church below sustains;
Till nature shall her judge survey,
The King Messiah reigns.

Hail, with essential glory crowned,
When time shall cease to be;
Throned with Thy Father, through the round
Of whole eternity!