(Revised, by John Cumming)
The empire of Caesar is gone; the legions of Rome decay in their graves; the avalanches that Napoleon hurled upon Europe have melted away; the pride of the Pharaohs is fallen; the pyramids they raised as their tombs are sinking in the sand; Tyre is a rock for bleaching fishermen’s nets; Sidon has scarcely left a wreck behind; but the Word of God still survives.
All things that threatened to extinguish it have only aided it; and it proves everyday how transient is the noblest monument that man can build, and how enduring is the least word that God has spoken.
Tradition has dug for it a grave, intolerance has lighted for it many a fire; many a Judas has betrayed it with a kiss; many a Peter has denied it with an oath. Many a Demas has forsaken it, but the word of God still endures.
"The grass withers, the flower fades away: but the word of God shall stand for ever." (Isa. 40:8)
Jesus, always Jesus!