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Christ is born, the great Anointed ;

Heaven and earth! his praises sing: Oh! 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!"

H. M. 69. The Birth of Christ.

I HARK! what celestial notes,

What melody we hear !
Soft on the morn it floats,

And fills the ravished ear:
The tuneful shell,

The golden lyre,

And vocal choir
The concert swell.
2 Th' angelic hosts descend,

With harmony divine;
See how from heaven they bend,

And in full chorus join!
" Fear not,” say they,
“Great joy we bring ;-

Jesus, your King,
Is born to-day.
3 “He comes, from error's night,

Your wandering feet to save;
To realms of bliss and light,

He lifts you from the grave:
This glorious morn,

Let all attend;

Your matchless friend,
Your Saviour's born.
4“ Glory to God on high!

Ye mortals ! spread the sound,
And let your raptures fly,

To earth's remotest bound:
For peace on earth,

From God in heaven,

To man is given,
At Jesus' birth.'

88 and 78. 70.

The Incarnation 1 SHEPHERDS! hail the wondrous stranger;

Now to Bethle'm speed your way;
Lo! in yonder humble manger,

Christ, the Lord, is born to-day :2 Christ, by prophets long-predicted,

Joy of Israel's chosen race;
Light to Gentiles long-afflicted,

Lost in error's darkest maze.
3 Bright the star of your salvation;

Pointing to his rude abode!
Rapturous news for every nation :

Mortals ! now behold your God! 4 Glad, we trace th' amazing story,

Angels leave their bliss to tell;
Theme sublime, replete with glory-

Sinners saved from death and hell. 5 Love eternal moved the Saviour,

Thus to lay his radiance by;
Blessings on the Lamb for ever-
Glory be to God on high !

78. 71.

The Star in the East. 1 SONS of men ! behold from far,

Hail the long expected star ;-
Jacob's star, that gilds the nighty

Guides bewildered nature right.
2 Never sear, that hence should flow

Wars or pestilence below:
Wars it bids, and tumults, cease,

Ushering in the Prince of peace. 3 Mild it shines on all beneath,

Piercing through the shades of death,
Scattering error's wide-spread night,

Kindling darkness into light. 4 Nations all! far off and near,

Haste to see your God appear;
Haste, for him your hearts prepare,
Meet him manifested there.

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C. M. 72. Joy of Angels at the Saviour's Birth 1 WHILE shepherds watched their flocks by

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 displayed,
All meanly wrapt in swathing bands,

And in a manger laid.”
5 Thus spake the seraph-and forth with

Appeared a shining throng
of angels, praising God, who thus

Addressed their joyful 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 !"

8s, 7s, and 4.
73. Good Tidings of great Joy.
1 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-born King. 2 Shepherds! in the field abiding,

Watching o'er your flocks 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. 4 Baints! 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 for guilt to endless pains,
Justice now revokes the sentence,

Mercy calls you-break your chains :
Come and worship-
Worship Christ, the new-born King.

Ils and 10s. 74.

Star of the East. 1 BRIGHTEST and best of the sons of the morn.

ing! 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 head, with the beasts of the stall; Angels adore him, in slumber reclining

Maker, and M arch, and Saviour of all. 3 say, shall we yield him, in costly devotion,

Odors of Edom, and offerings divine ?
Gems of the mountain, and pearls of the ocean,

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

Vainly with gold, would his favor secure;
Richer, by far, is the heart's adoration,

Dearer to God, are the prayers of the poor. 5 Brightest 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 our infant Redeemer is laid.

C. M. 75.

The Incarnation.
I AWAKE, awake the sacred song

To our incarnate Lord !
Let every heart, and every tongue

Adore th' eternal Word.
2 That awful Word, that sovereign Power,

By whom the worlds were made,
Oh! happy morn-illustrious hour -

Was once in flesh arrayed.
3 Then shone almighty power and love,

In all their glorious forms,
When Jesus left his throne above,

To dwell with sinful worms.
4 To dwell with misery here below,

The Saviour left the skies,
And sunk to wretchedness and wo,

That worthless man might rise. 5 Adoring angels tuned their songs,

To hail the joyful day;
With rapture, then, let human tongues
Their grateful homage pay.

C. M. 76.

The Song of Angels.
I ANGELS rejoiced and sweetly sung,

At our Redeemer's birth :
Mortals! awake; let every tongue

Proclaim his matchless worth.
2 Glory to God who dwells on high,

And sent his only Son
To take a servant's form, and die,

For evils we had done!
3 Good will to men :-ye fallen race!

Arise, and shout for joy;
He comes with rich, abounding grace

To save, and not destroy.
4 Lord ! send the gracious tidings forth,

And all the world with light,
That Jew and Gentile, through the earth,

May know thy saving might.

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