Friday, August 07, 2015

Adam of St. Victor: In the Law the types lay shaded

Friday, August 7, 2015
    Commemoration of John Mason Neale, Priest, Poet, 1866
    So the LORD God banished him from the Garden of Eden to work the ground from which he had been taken. After he drove the man out, he placed on the east side of the Garden of Eden cherubim and a flaming sword flashing back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life.
    —Genesis 3:23-24 (NIV)
In the Law the types lay shaded:
    In the promised End they faded,
    CHRIST, Who all things consummates;
    CHRIST, Whose Blood aside hath turned
    That devouring sword which burned,
    Waving wide, at Eden’s gates.

    Jonah, by the tempest followed,
    Whom the whale of old time swallowed,
    Type of our True Jonah giving,
    Three days pass’d, is rendered living
    From that dark and narrow space.
    Now the myrrh of Cyprus groweth,
    Widelier spreadeth, sweetlier bloweth;
    Law its withered blossoms throweth
    That the Church may take their place.
    ... Adam of Saint Victor (d. 1146) & John Mason Neale (1818-1866), Mediaeval Hymns and Sequences, London: Joseph Masters, 1863, 119,121 (see the book)
    See also Gen. 3:23-24; Jon. 1:17; Matt. 11:27; 12:40; Luke 10:22; John 1:3; 13:3; Rom. 5:14; 1 Cor. 8:5-6; Eph. 1:22-23; Col. 1:16-17; Heb. 1:1-2; 9:24
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, Your grace has made a new way.

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