Espying Salvation

As Moses lifted up the cross on high
With brazen serpent ’round its frame entwined
So was the Son of Man ‘twixt earth and sky
On Holy Rood fix’d fast for men to mind.
To smitten Hebrews Moses gave the cure,
That they who looked thereon would healéd be.
But Jhesu with His Flesh made off’ring pure,
Gained grace and pardon for humanity.
“If I be lifted up from earth,” He said,
“I’ll draw all things to me.” And this came true.
They who with faith and love their sins do dread
Espying Him are healed and born anew.
     O Jhesu, I behold Thee pierced for me,
     Draw me to Thee for all eternity!