Written By John Newton
When Adam fell, he quickly lost
Godís image, which he once possessed:
See all our nature since could boast
In Cain, his first-born son, expressed!
The sacrifice the Lord ordained
In type of the Redeemerís blood,
Self-righteous reasoning Cain disdained,
And thought his own first-fruits as good.
Yet rage and envy filled his mind,
When, with a fallen, downcast look,
He saw his brother favor find,
Who Godís appointed method took.
By Cainís own hand, good Abel died,
Because the Lord approved his faith;
And, when his blood for vengeance cried,
He vainly thought to hide his death.
Such was the wicked murderer Cain,
And such by nature still are we,
Until by grace weíre born again,
Malicious, blind and proud, as he.
Like him the way of grace we slight,
And in our own devices trust;
Call evil good, and darkness light,
And hate and persecute the just.
The saints, in every age and place,
Have found this history fulfilled;
The numbers all our thoughts surpass
Of Abels, whom the Cains have killed!
Thus Jesus fellóbut O! His blood
Far better things than Abelís cries:
Obtains His murderers peace with God,
And gains them mansions in the skies.