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His praise declare,
Ye heavens above,
And clouds that move

In liquid air.
3 Let them adore the Lord,

And praise his holy name,
By whose Almighty word
They all from nothing came;

And all shall last
From changes free:
His firm decree

Stands ever fast,
4 His chosen saints to grace,

He lifts to thrones on high ;
And favours Israel's race,
Who still to Him are nigh:

O therefore raise
Your grateful voice,
And still rejoice
The Lord to praise.

PSALM 148.
(P. M. GREEN's.)

God worthy of universal praise.
1 Begin, my soul, the exalted lay:
Let each enraptured thought obey,

And praise the' Almighty's name:
Lo! heaven, and earth, and seas, and skies,
In one melodious concert rise,

To swell the inspiring theme.
2 Ye angels ! catch the glorious sound :
While all the adoring thrones around

His boundless mercy sing;

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Let every listening saint above
Wake all the tuneful soul of love,

And touch the sweetest string.
3 Let every element rejoice,
Ye thunders! burst, with awful voice,

To Him who bids you roll:
His praise in softer notes declare,
Each whispering breeze of yielding air,

And breathe it to the soul.
4 Let man, by nobler passions sway'd,
The feeling heart, the judging head,

In heavenly praise employ;
Spread his tremendous name around,
Till heaven's broad arch rings back the

sound,
The general burst of joy.

PSALM 149.
(P. M. HANOVER.)

Exhortation to praise God. 1 O PRAISE

ye

the Lord !
Prepare your glad voice,
Among all his saints,

His praises to sing :
In Christ our Redeemer

Let Israel rejoice;
And children of Zion

Be glad in their King. 2 From death, and from hell,

Redeem'd by his grace, In hymns, and in songs,

His praises express;

Who soon in his glory

His servants will place, And with his salvation

The humble will bless. 3 Then let them declare,

That sin to destroy,
And men to redeem,

The Son of God came :
Such honour and triumph

His saints shall enjoy : therefore for ever Exalt his great name!

HYMNS.

HYMN 1.
(P. M. NATIVITY.)

The nativity of Christ.
i HARK! the herald angels sing,

“ Glory to the new-born King;
Glory in the highest heaven,

Peace on earth and man forgiven.” 2 Joyful, all ye nations, rise ;

Join the triumph of the skies;
With the angelic host proclaim,

66 Christ is born at Bethlehem !” 3 Hail the heaven-born Prince of peace !

Hail the Sun of righteousness !
Light and life to all He brings,

Risen with healing in his wings. 4 Lo! He lays his glories by ;

Born, that man no more may die;
Born, to raise the sons of earth ;
Born, to give them second birth.

* Mal. iv, 2

HYMN 2.
(C. M. MELCHISEDEC.)

The unbounded love of Christ.
1 Come, Holy Ghost ! inspire our songs

With thine immortal flame;
And teach our hearts, and teach our tongues,

To praise the Saviour's name. 2 The Saviour! Oh! what endless charms

Dwell in the blissful sound
Its influence every fear dişarms,

And spreads sweet comfort round. 3 Here, pardon, life, and joys divine

In rich effusion flow,
For guilty rebels dead in sin,

And doom'd to endless woe.
4 God's only Son (stupendous grace !)

Forsook his throne above;
And, swift to save our sinful race,

Flew on the wings of love.
5 The Almighty former of the skies

Stoop'd to our vile abode;
While angels view'd with wondering eyes,

And hail'd the' Incarnate God. 6 Renew our souls with heavenly strength,

That we may fully prove
The height, & depth, & breadth, & length,
Of such transcendent love.

HYMN 3.
(C. M. HEPHZIBAH.)

The joy of angels at the birth of Christ.
1 YE saints ! awake; with angels join,

And chant the solemn lay:

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