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7 Since time's too short, all gracious God,

To utter half thy praise,
Loud to the honour of thy name,

Eternal hymns we'll raise.

THE MEDIATION OF CHRIST.

69.

P.M.- The Nativity of Christ.
1 MIGHTY God! while angels bless thee,

May an infant lisp thy name?
Lord of men as well as angels,
Thou art every creature's theme.

Hallelujah!
Hallelujah, hallelujah, Amen!
2 Lord of every land and nation,

Ancient of eternal days!
Sounded through the wide creation

Be thy just and lawful praise. Hal. 3 For the grandeur of thy nature,

Grand beyond a seraph's thought; For created works of power,

Works with skill and kindness wrought: 4 For thy providence that

Hal. Through thine empire's wide domain, Wings an angel, guides a sparrow: Blessed be thy gentle reign.

Hal. 5 But thy rich, thy free redemption,

Dark through brightness all along; Thought is poor, and poor expression,

Who dare sing that awful song. Hal. 6 Brightness of the Father's glory,

Shall thy praise unuttered lie?
Fly, my tongue, such guilty silence!

Sing the Lord who came to die. Hal.

governs,

Hal.

7 Did archangels sing thy coming?

Did the shepherds learn their lays? Shame would cover me ungrateful,

Should my tongue refuse to praise. 8 From the highest throne in glory,

To the cross in deepest wo; All to ransom guilty captives:

Flow, my praise, for ever flow. 9 Go, return, immortal Saviour!

Leave thy footstool, take thy throne:
Thence return, and reign for ever,
Be the kingdom all thy own.

Hallelujah!
Hallelujah, hallelujah, Amen!

Hal.

70.
P.M.-Good tidings of great joy to all people.
| ANGELS, from the realms of glory,

Wing your flight o'er all the earth;
Ye who sang creation's story,
Now proclaim Messiah's birth;

Come and worship,
Worship Christ, the new-boru King.
2 Shepherds, in the fields abiding

Watching o'er your flock by night, God with man is now residing, Yonder shines the infant-light;

Come and worship, Worship Christ the new-born King. 3 Sages, leave your contemplations,

Brighter visions beam afar;
Seek the great Desire of nations;
Ye have seen his natal star;

Come and worship,
Worship Christ, the new-born King.

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4 Saints, before the altar bending,

Watching long in hope and fear,
Suddenly the Lord descending,
In his temple shall appear;

Come and worship,
Worship Christ, the new-born King.
5 Sinners, wrung with true repentance,

Doom'd for guilt to endless pains;
Justice now revokes your sentence,
Mercy calls you, – break

your chains;
Come and worship,
Worship Christ, the new-born King.

71.
P.M.-" The Consolation of Israel.Luke ii. 25.
1 COME thou long-expected Jesus!

Born to set thy people free;
From our sins and fears release us,

Let us find our rest in thee!
Israel's strength and consolation,

Hope of all the earth thou art;
Dear Desire of every nation,

Joy of every longing heart! 2 Born thy people to deliver,

Born a child, and yet a King;
Born to reign in us for ever,

Now thy gracious kingdom bring!
By thine own eternal Spirit,

Rule in all our hearts alone;
By thine all-sufficient merit,
Raise us to thy glorious throne.

72. C.M.- The Message of Christ. Luke iv. 18, 19. 1 HARK the glad sound! the Saviour comes;

The Saviour promised long!
Let
every
heart

prepare a throne,
And every voice a song.

2 On him the Spirit largely pour’d,

Exerts its sacred fire;
Wisdom and might, and zeal and love,

His holy breast inspire.
3 He comes the prisoners to release,

In Satan's bondage held;
The gates of brass before him burst,

The iron fetters yield.
4 He comes from thickest films of vice

To clear the mental ray,
And on the eye-balls of the blind,
To
pour

celestial day.
5 He comes the broken heart to bind,

The bleeding soul to cure,
And with the treasures of his grace

To'enrich the humble poor.
6 His silver trumpets publish loud

The jubilee of the Lord;
Our debts are all remitted now,

Our heritage restor'd. 7 Our glad hosannahs, Prince of Peace,

Thy welcome shall proclaim;
And heaven's eternal arches ring

With thy beloved name.

73.

S.M.- The Doctrine of Christ.
1 BEHOLD the Prince of Peace,

The chosen of the Lord,
God's well-beloved Son fulfils

The sure prophetic word. 2 No royal pomp adorns

This King of Righteousness; Meekness and patience, truth and love,

Compose his princely dress.

3 The Spirit of the Lord,

In rich abundance shed,
On this great prophet gently lights,

And rests upon his head. 4 Jesus, the light of men!

His doctrine life imparts:
O may we feel its quickening power,

To warm and glad our hearts.
5 Cheer'd by its beams, our souls

Shall run the heavenly way: The path which Christ hath mark'd and trod

Will lead to endless day.

74.
L.M.— The Transfiguration of Christ. Matt. xvii. 4.
1 WHEN at this distance, Lord, we trace

The various glories of thy face,
What transport pours o'er all our breast,

And charms our cares and woes to rest! 2 With thee in the obscurest cell

On some bleak mountain would I dwell,
Rather than pompous courts behold,

To share their grandeur and their gold. 3 Away, ye dreams of mortal joy!

Raptures divine my thoughts employ;
I see the King of Glory shine,

And feel his love, and call him mine. 4 On Tabor thus his servants view'd

His lustre, when transformed he stood,
And bidding earthly scenes farewell,

Cried, “ Lord, 'tis pleasant here to dwell.” 5 Yet still our elevated

eyes
To nobler visions long to rise;
That grand assembly would we join,
Where all thy saints around thee shine.

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