God formed the first man out of dust,
but first made me, in purpose just;
So I was made before the man,
to answer God's most holy plan.
My body He did make complete,
but without arms or legs or feet;
My ways and acts He did control,
but to my body gave no soul.
A living being I became,
and Adam gave to me a name;
I from his presence then withdrew,
and never more of Adam knew.
I did my Maker's law obey,
not from it ever went astray;
Thousands of miles I go in fear,
but seldom on the earth appear.
For purpose wise which God did see,
He put a living soul in me;
Days few - and nights - passed by, and then
He took from me that soul again.
When I had thus His will obeyed,
I was the same as when first made;
and without arms or legs or soul.
I travel on from Pole to Pole.
I move with easy by day and night,
to fallen man give great delight;
Thousands of people, young and old,
do by my death great light behold.
No right or wrong can I conceive,
the Scriptures I can not believe;
to heaven above, I cannot go,
nor to the grave, or hell below.
Now when these lines you closely read,
go search the Bible with all speed;
For that my name's recorded there
I honestly to you declare.