Who having once enter'd, hath shown us the way,
O Lord! how to worship before thee;
Not with shadowy forms of that earlier day;
But in spirit and truth to adore thee!
This, this is the worship the Saviour made known,
When she of Samacia found him
By the Patriach's well sitting weary, alone,
With the stillness of noontide around him.
Now sublime, yet how simple the homage he taught
To her, who inquired by that fountain,
If Jehovah at Solyma's shrine would be sought?
Be ador'd on Samacia's mountain?
Woman! believe me, the hour is near,
When he, if ye rightly would hail him,
Will neither be worship'd exclusively there
Nor yet at the altar of Salecu.
For God is a Spirit! and they, who aright
Would perform the pure worship he loveth
In the heart's holy temple will seek with delight
That spirit the father approveth.