Scripture Verse

Aaron shall bear the names of the children of Israel in the breastplate of judgment upon his heart, when he goeth in unto the holy place, for a memorial before the Lord continually. Exodus 28:29

Introduction

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Philip Doddridge
1702–1751

Words: Phi­lip Dodd­ridge (1702–1751). Pub­lished post­hu­mous­ly in Hymns Found­ed on Va­ri­ous Texts in the Ho­ly Scrip­tures, by Job Or­ton (Shrop­shire, Eng­land: Jo­shua Ed­dowes & John Cot­ton, 1755), num­ber 8: Christ’s in­ter­ces­sion ty­pi­fied by Aar­on’s breast­plate.

Music: South­well (Ir­ons) Her­bert S. Ir­ons, 1861 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Ir­ons (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),

Lyrics

Now let our cheerful eyes survey
Our great high priest above,
And celebrate His constant care,
And sympathetic love.

Though raised to a superior throne,
Where angels bow around,
And high o’er all the shining train,
With matchless honors crowned;

The names of all His saints He bears
Deep graven on His heart;
Nor shall the meanest Chris­tian say,
That he hath lost his part.

Those characters shall fair abide
Our ev­er­last­ing trust,
When gems, and monuments, and crowns,
Are moldered down to dust.

So, gracious Sav­ior, on my breast,
May Thy dear name be worn,
A sacred ornament and guard,
To endless ages borne.