When by the Law to grace I’m schooled,
Grace by the Law will have me ruled;
Hence, if I don’t the Law obey,
I cannot keep the Gospel way.
When I the Gospel news believe,
Obedience to the Law I give;
And that both in its fed’ral dress,
And as a rule of holiness.
The Law is holy, just, and good,
All this the Gospel seals with Blood;
And clears the Royal Law’s just dues
With dearly purchased revenues.
Here join the Law and Gospel hands,
What this me teaches, that commands;
What virtuous forms the Gospel please,
The same the Law doth authorize.
A rigid master was the Law,
Demanding bricks, denying straw;
But when the Gospel-tongue it sings,
It bids me fly, and gives me wings.
– Ralph Erskine, Gospel Sonnets (HT:JW)