25 He made the incense altar of
Acacia wood. Its length was of
A cubit and its width was too,
A square, and two cubits its height.
Its horns were with it one piece right.
26 He overlaid it with pure gold:
Its top, its sides all around told,
And its horns. He also made gold
Moulding for it all around bold.
27 He made two rings of gold for it
Under its moulding, by its fit
Two corners on both sides of it,
As holders for the poles with which
To carry it. 28 And without stitch
He made the poles acacia wood,
And overlaid them with gold good.
29 He also made the holy oil
Of the anointing not to spoil,
And the pure incense of sweet spices,
And by the perfumer's devices.
Beloved, let there be in my heart and way
Altar of incense where my prayers each day
Arise as sweet perfumes before Your face.
Beloved, give me today that golden grace.
Covered with golden rings to bear withal,
Let that sweet altar be before my call.
Some lift their golden rings to self's conceit,
And some for idols in their church deceit,
But purify the temple of my heart
To bear with golden rings Your incense art.
With oil and sweet perfume let my life be
A prayer to You anointed faithfully,
And let Your answer in the silence grow
To be all sweetness in the things I know.
From The Beloved and I by Thomas McElwain