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5 The forests in his strength rejoice ;
Hark! on the evening breeze,
Is heard among the trees.
His flocks on yonder plains;
O could we catch their strains !
Up to the gates of light;
Our numbers through the night! 8 In every stream his bounty flows,
Diffusing joy and wealth ;
The breath of life and health.
Upon the lap of earth,
And rings with infant mirth.
Where sin and death abound;
Will Paradise be found !
50. C.M.-" O Lord, our Lord, how excellent is thy name.” Ps. viii. 1 O LORD, our King, how excellent
Thy name on earth is known! Thy glory in the firmament
How wonderfully shown!
Thy praises are confest
And sucklings at the breast.
3 When I behold the heavens on high,
The work of thy right hand,
Thy lights in 4 Lord, what is man, that thou should'st deign
On him to set thy love,
Then fill a throne above.
How manifold thy ways !
Of all who seek the land above; Beneath thy shadow we abide,
The cloud of thy protecting love; Our strength thy grace, our rule thy word,
Our end, the glory of the Lord. 2 By thy unerring Spirit led,
We shall not in the desert stray ; We shall not full direction need,
Nor miss our providential way; As far from danger as from fear, While love, almighty love, is near.
THE MEDIATION OF CHRIST.
7 8.- The nativity of Christ.
Glory to the new-born King !
2 Joyful all ye nations rise,
Join the triumphs of the skies :
“ Christ is born in Bethlehem !” 3 Christ, by highest heaven ador'd,
Christ, the everlasting Lord,
Offspring of a virgin's womb.
Hail the incarnate Deity !
Jesus our Immanuel here. 5 Hail the heaven-born Prince of Peace!
Hail the Sun of Righteousness !
Risen with healing in his wings. 6 Mild he lays his glory by,
Born, that man no more may
Born to give them second birth. 7 Come, Desire of Nations, come,
Fix in us thy humble home;
Bruise in us the serpent's head. 8 Adam's likeness now efface,
Stamp thine image in its place;
69. C.M.--The angels' song at Christ's birth. Luke ii. 13, 14. 1 HIGH let us swell our tuneful notes,
And join the angelic throng;
To awake a cheerful song.
2 Good-will to sinful men is shewn,
And peace on earth is given ;
With messages from heaven.
His rising beams adorn;
Now such a child is born.
In highest worlds be paid ;
And by our lives display'd.
Where Christ exalted reigns,
Their own immortal strains ?
L.M.-Christ's Passion. 1 THE morning dawns upon
Where Jesus spent the night in prayer; Through yielding glooms behold his face,
Nor form nor comeliness is there. 2 Last eve by those he call'd his own,
Betray'd, forsaken, or denied, He met his enemies alone
In all their malice, rage, and pride. 3 Brought forth to judgment, now he stands
Arraign'd, condemn’d at Pilate's bar; Here spurn'd by fierce prætorian bands,
There mock'd by Herod’s men of war. 4 He bears their buffeting and scorn,
The homage of the lip, the knee, The purple robe, the crown of thorn,
The scourge, the nail, the accursed tree.
5 No guile within his mouth is found,
He neither threatens nor complains; Meek as a Lamb for slaughter bound,
Dumb 'midst his murderers he remains. 6 But hark! He prays,—'tis for his foes;
He speaks,—tis comfort to his friends; Answers,—and paradise bestows;
He bows his head; the conflict ends. 7 Truly this was the Son of God !
Though in a servant's mean disguise, And bruis'd beneath the Father's rod, Not for himself,—for man he dies !
L.M.—“ It is finished.” John xix. 30.
And meekly bow'd his head, and died;
The battle fought, the victory won.
Decreed, and prophets had foretold,
In thee, the Saviour of mankind.
Shall sins of every kind atone:
By this thy last expiring breath.
And all the powers of darkness spoil'd:
Return and dwell with sinful men.
Be heard through all the nations round .