|Archangel Michael Trampling the Devil Underfoot|
Simon Ushakov (1676)
“Ye that excel in strength.”
~Christina Georgina Rossetti (1830-1894)
Service and strength, God’s Angels and Archangels;
His Seraphs fires, and lamps His Cherubim:
Glory to God from the highest and from the lowest,
Glory to God in everlasting hymn
From all His creatures.
Princes that serve, and Powers that work His pleasure,
Heights that soar to’ard Him, Depths that sink to’ard Him:
Flames fire out-flaming, chill beside His Essence;
Insight all-probing, save where scant and dim
To’ard its Creator.
Sacred and free exultant in God’s pleasure,
His will their solace, thus they wait on Him;
And shout their shout of ecstasy eternal,
And trim their splendours that they burn not dim
To’ard their Creator.
Wherefore with Angels, wherefore with Archangels,
With lofty Cherubs, loftier Seraphim,
We laud and magnify our God Almighty,
And veil our faces rendering love to Him
With all His creatures.