chapter  37
4 Pages

Gratitude

And they heard the voice of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day; and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God. . . And the Lord God called unto Adam and said to him, Where art thou? And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked' (Genesis 3: 8-10) The speaker is still associated with God, and Smart recommends a joyful rather than a fearful reception of Him. [15-16] And the host. . . drove Adam and Eve were sent from Eden in punishment for their disobedience (referred to here with the word 'trai­ tor'). The 'host' (army) of heaven is present in the biblical account in the cherubims which are placed to guard the gate of the garden of Eden (Gene­ sis 3: 24). 'Host of heaven' is a biblical phrase; the angel who greeted the shepherds on the night of Christ's birth, for example, is suddenly sur­ rounded by a 'multitude of the heavenly host' (Luke 2: 13). [17-18] lover/ Of mankind Jesus; thus, the poem leaps forward from the Fall to the Redemption. Also, the speaker again changes personality - here, from God the Father to God the Son. [18] restored referring to the idea that the death of Jesus restored humanity to God's favour; free The freedom to be gained by submission to the will of God is a theme of St Paul's: 'The liberty wherewith Christ has made us free' (Galatians 5: 1). [19] word word of God, Jesus. The 'word' is used as a title for Jesus in the gospel of St John: 'In the beginning was the word' (John 1: 1). [20] More. . . by me Since the 'I' is here speaking as Jesus, the sense seems to be that the gain of salvation (through the word) is greater than the loss of Jesus through his death.