Scripture Verse

A shadow of things to come. Colossians 2:17


T. Martin Towne (1835–1912)

Words: Ed­ith R. Wil­son, in The In­ter­na­tion­al Les­son Hym­nal, ed­it­ed by Da­vid C. Cook (Chi­cago, Il­li­nois: Da­vid C. Cook Pub­lish­ing, 1878), num­ber 25.

Music: Dong­guan T. Mar­tin Towne (🔊 pdf nwc).

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


Oh, glo­ri­ous in beau­ty
The tem­ple rose of old,
Its pil­lars hung with pur­ple,
Its por­tals crowned with gold.


Thou art Thy­self that temple,
Oh Christ, our Sav­ior, king,
Whom earth­ly shrine and glo­ry
Were but fore­sha­dow­ing.

But to the se­cond tem­ple
Came Christ, the tem­ple’s king,
Whom sac­ri­fice and al­tar
Were but fore­sha­dow­ing.


Thou art the gold­en al­tar
Whereon our gifts are laid;
Thyself the bleed­ing vic­tim,
By whom our sins are paid.


The veil by which we en­ter
The ho­li­est shrine with­in;
The priest who stands in of­fer
A sac­ri­fice for sin.