King (Last Sunday After Pentecost: Christ the King)

They will look on Him they pierced –
If they can look Him in the eye,
If they are not blinded by
The blazing Son’s bright, golden light
Refracted in the clouds –

They will look on Him, the first,
The last, the bright, eternal One,
And see His sceptre and His keys,
And if they have still knees to bend
They will fall to the ground.

They will look on Him they scorned,
They mocked and tried and nailed down;
And, if they see His face for all
The glory, they will hang their heads
In broken recognition.

They will look on Him who sits
Upon the throne, and to the Lamb,
And if they see two thrones, two kings,
The Ancient One and Son of Man,
They will see just one pure light,

And they will bow with gladdened knees
Or chastened hearts or dread or fear,
And know that He, the one they pierced,
Was dead, now lives, forever lives
And ever reigns, our King.

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