ODE TO THE BIBLE BY J. M. HUMPHREY Hail, thou immortal book of God! The lamp of truth and love; Revealing ev'ry sacred code Required to live above. Thou, like the Western rocky peak, Hast stood the rage of Time; Refuting errors, far oblique. And furth'ring truth sublime. Thy face is like the lucent sun Illuming earth entire; Transfusing light to ev'ry one And scatt'ring holy fire. Beneath the ever-beaming ray The germ of falsehood dies ; And to drear climes, where heathens stay, Thy thrilling nurture flies. o human hand, with sword or flame, Can stanch Thy onward course; or Satan, with his skill or fame, Retard by fraud or force. But on and on, with conq'ring tread.