When Israel heard the fiery law
From Sinai’s top proclaimed,
Their hearts seemed full of holy awe,
Their stubborn spirits tamed.
Yet, as forgetting all they knew,
Ere forty days were past,
With blazing Sinai still in view
A molten calf they cast.
Yea, Aaron, God’s anointed priest,
Who on the mount had been,
He durst prepare the idol beast,
And lead them on to sin.
Lord, what is man, and what are we,
To recompense Thee thus!
In their offence our own we see,
Their story points at us.