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PRAISE 144 the

Lord

, ye’ immortal choirs

111

C. M. Worthy of ceaseless praise from all his creatures. RAISE ye

That fill the worlds above;
Praise him who form'd you of his fires,

And feeds you with his love.
2 Shine to his praise, ye crystal skies,

The floor of his abode;
Or veil in shades your thousand eyes

Before your brighter God.
3 Thou restless globe of golden light,

Whose beams create our days, Join with the silver queen of night,

To own your borrow'd rays. 4 Thunder and hail, and fire and storms,

The troops of his command, Appear in all your dreadful forms,

And speak his awful hand.
5 Shout to the Lord, ye surging seas,

In your eternal roar;
Let wave to wave resound his praise,

And shore reply to shore.
6 Thus while the meaner creatures sing,

Ye mortals, catch the sound; Echo the glories of your King

Through all the nations round. 112

5th P. M. 4 lines 78.
Eternal praises to the Most High.
HEE to laud in songs divine

Angels in thy presence join :
We with them our voices raise,
Echo thine eternal praise.
2 Holy, holy, holy Lord,
Live, by heaven and earth adored :
Thus, with them, we ever cry,
Glory be to God most high!

THE INCARNATION AND BIRTH OF

JESUS CHRIST.

WHALE Shepherd's

watch'artheir flocks by night,

113

C. M.
Glad tidings of great joy.
HILE

All seated on the ground,
The angel of the Lord came down,

And glory shone around.
2 Fear not, said he, (for mighty dread

Had seized their troubled mind,) Glad tidings of great joy I bring,

To you and all mankind.
3 To you, in David's town, this day

Is born, of David's line,
The Saviour, who is Christ the Lord;

And this shall be the sign :
4 The heavenly babe you there shall find

To human view display'd,
All meanly wrapp'd in swathing-bands,

And in a manger laid.
5 Thus spake the seraph; and forthwith

Appear'd a shining throng
Of angels, praising God on high,

Who thus address'd their song: 6 All glory be to God on high,

And to the earth be peace :
Good-will henceforth, from heaven to men,

Begin and never cease.
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9th P. M. 87, 87. Peace on earth-good-will to men. ARK! what mean those holy voices,

Sweetly sounding through the skies? Lo! the angelic host rejoices ;

Heavenly hallelujahs rise.

HAR

2 Listen to the wondrous story,

Which they chant in hymns of joy :
Glory in the highest, glory,

Glory be to God most high !
3 Peace on earth, good-will from heaven,

Reaching far as man is found;
Souls redeem'd and sins forgiven !-

Loud our golden harps shall sound.
4 Christ is born, the great Anointed;

Heaven and earth his praises sing;
O receive whom God appointed,

For your Prophet, Priest, and King. 5 Hasten, mortals, to adore him ;

Learn his name, and taste his joy;
Till in heaven ye sing before him,

Glory be to God most high ! 115

15th P. M. 11 9, 11 9.

Christmas-day.
LL hail! happy

A When, enromed in our clay,

The Redeemer appear'd upon earth;

How can we refrain

To unite in the strain,
And to hail our Immanuel's birth!

2 Ye angels of God,

Sound his praises abroad,
And acknowledge him JAH, the I AM:

We also will join

In a hymn so divine,
Giving glory to God and the Lamb!

30 may the return

Of this once blessed morn
Be forever remember'd with joy:

Sweet accents of praise

All our voices shall raise ; Hallelujahs shall be our employ!

4 Let echo prolong

The harmonious song,
Hallelujahs again and again :

He kindles the fire,

Whom the nations desire,
And to him we devote the glad strain.

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C. M.
Glory to God in the highest.
ORTALS, awake, with angels join,

And chant the solemn lay;
Joy, love, and gratitude combine,

To hail the auspicious day.
2 In heaven the rapt'rous song began,

And sweet seraphic fire
Through all the shining legions ran,

And strung and tuned the lyre. 3 Swift through the vast expanse it flew,

And loud the echo rollid; The theme, the song, the joy, was new,

'Twas more than heaven could hold. 4 Down through the portals of the sky

The' impetuous torrent ran; And angels flew, with eager joy,

To bear the news to man.-
5 With joy the chorus we repeat,-

Glory to God on high !
Good-will and peace are now complete-

Jesus was born to die.
6 Hail, Prince of life, forever hail !

Redeemer, Brother, Friend ! Though earth, and time, and life shall fail,

Thy praise shall never end. 7 Hark! the cherubic armies shout,

And glory leads the song: Good-will and peace are heard throughout

The' harmonious heavenly throng.

BRE

117

P. M. 11 10, 11 10.

The star in the East.
RIGHTEST and best of the sons of the morning,

Dawn on our darkness, and lend us thine aid ; Star of the East, the horizon adorning,

Guide where the infant Redeemer is laid. 2 Cold, on his cradle, the dew-drops are shining;

Low lies his bed with the beasts of the stall; Angels adore him, in slumber reclining,

Maker, and Monarch, and Saviour, of all. 3 Sáy, shall we yield him, in costly devotion,

Odours of Eden and off'rings divine ? Gems of the mountain, and pearls of the ocean,

Myrrh from the forest, and gold from the mine? 4 Vainly we offer each ample oblation;

Vainly with gifts would his favour secure; Richer by far is the heart's adoration ;

Dearer to God are the prayers of the poor.
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C. M.
Design and object of His advent.
ARK, the glad sound! the Saviour comes,-

The Saviour, promised long;
Let
every
heart

prepare a throne,
And every voice a song.
2 He comes, the pris'ner to release,

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

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

To clear the mental ray,
And on the eyes oppress'd with night

To pour celestial day.
4 He comes, the broken heart to bind,

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

To enrich the humble poor.

HA

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