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The mighty God.
EJOICE in Jesus' birth,

To us a Son is given;
To us a child is born on earth,

Who made both earth and heaven. 2 He reigns above the sky,–

This universe sustains ;The God supreme, the Lord most high,

The king Messiah reigns. 3 The mighty God is He,

Author of heavenly bliss;
The Father of eternity,
The glorious Prince of

peace. 4 His government shall grow,

From strength to strength proceed : His righteousness the church o'erflow,

And all the earth o'erspread. 123

L. M. Prophet, Priest, and King. 10 us a child, of royal birth,

End of the promises, is given ; The' Invisible appears on earth,—

The Son of man, the God of heaven. 2 A Saviour born, in love supreme,

He comes, our fallen souls to raise ; He comes, his people to redeem,

With all his plenitude of grace. 3 The Christ, by raptured seers foretold,

Filld with the Holy Spirit's power, Prophet, and Priest, and King, behold;

And Lord of all the world adore. 4 The Lord of hosts, the God most high,

Who quits his throne, on earth to live, With joy we welcome from the sky,

With faith into our hearts receive.

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Thanks for the unspeakable gift.
ATHER, our hearts we lift

Up to thy gracious throne,
And thank thee for the precious gift

Of thine incarnate Son.
2 His infant cries proclaim

A peace 'twixt earth and heaven: Salvation, through his only Name,

To all mankind is given. 3 The gift unspeakable

We thankfully receive,
And to the world thy goodness tell,

And to thy glory live.
4 May all mankind receive

The new-born Prince of peace, , And meekly in his Spirit live,

And in his love increase. 5 Till he convey us home,

Cry every soul aloud,
Come, thou Desire of nations, come,

And take us up to God. 125

5th P. M. 4 lines 78. The Sun of righteousness. ARK! the herald angels sing,—

Glory to the new-born King; Peace on earth, and mercy nuild; God and sinners reconciled. 2 Joyful all ye nations rise,Join the triumphs of the skics; With angelic hosts proclaim,Christ is born in Bethlehem. 3 Christ, by highest heaven adored, -Christ, the everlasting Lord; Veild in flesh the Godhead see; Hail, incarnate Deity!

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4 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. 5 Come, Desire of nations, come! Fix in us thy humble home! Second Adam from above, Reinstate us in thy love.

126 26th P. M. 76, 76, 76, 76.

The glory of His kingdom.
AIL, to the Lord's anointed,

Great David's greater Son!
Hail, in the time appointed,

His reign on earth begun! He comes to break oppression,

To set the captive free; To take away transgression,

And rule in equity. 2 He comes, with succour speedy

To those who suffer wrong; To help the poor and needy,

And bid the weak be strong; To give them songs for sighing --

Their darkness turn to light,Whose souls, condemn'd and dying,

Were precious in his sight.
3 He shall descend like showers

Upon the fruitful earth,
And love and joy, like flowers,

Spring in his path to birth :
Before him, on the mountains,

Shall peace, the herald, go, And righteousness, in fountains,

From hill to valley flow.

4 To him shall prayer unceasing,

And daily vows ascend; His kingdom still increasing,

A kingdom without end :
The tide of time shall never

His covenant remove;
His name shall stand forever;

That name to us is Love.

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10th P. M. 8 lines 8.a
Reigning in His kingdom of grace.
LL glory to God in the sky,

peace upon earth be restored ; O Jesus, exalted on high,

Appear, our omnipotent Lord; Who, meanly in Bethlehem born,

Didst stoop to redeem a lost race: Once more to thy creatures return,

And reign in thy kingdom of grace.

2 0 wouldst thou again be made known,

Again in thy Spirit descend; And set up, in each of thine own,

A kingdom that never shall end ! Thou only art able to bless,

And make the glad nations obey, And bid the dire enmity cease,

And bow the whole world to thy sway.

3 0, come to thy servants again,

Who long thine appearing to know;
Thy quiet and peaceable reign

In mercy establish below:
All sorrow before thee shall fly,

And anger and hatred be o'er ;
And envy and malice shall die,

And discord afflict us no more.

THE SUFFERINGS AND DEATH OF

JESUS CHRIST.

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God manifested in the flesh.
TITH glorious clouds encompass'd round,

Whom angels dimly see,
Will the Unsearchable be found,

Or God appear to me?
2 Will he forsake his throne above-

Himself to worms impart ?
Answer, thou Man of grief and love,

And speak it to my heart. 3 In manifested love explain

Thy wonderful design;
What meant the suff'ring Son of man,-

The streaming blood divine ?
4 Didst thou not in our flesh appear,

And live and die below,
That I might now perceive thee near,

And my Redeemer know ?5 Might view the Lamb in his own light,

Whom angels dimly see;
And gaze, transported at the sight,

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The incarnate God.
OME, Holy Ghost, inspire our songs

With thine immortal flame;
Enlarge our hearts, unloose our tongues,

Tc praise the Saviour's name.
2 How great the riches of his grace!

He left his throne above,
And, swift to save our ruin'd race,

He flew on wings of love.

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