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That every rising doubt control ; Earnest of love and power more strong, Which to the Son of God belong,
To heal the mis’ries of the soul. 5 Great prophet, Saviour, worthy thou
That every knee in homage bow, From every mouth thy praise should flow; All thy commands are mild and just, Thy promise, faithful to our trust, Will pardon, peace, and heav'n bestow.
HYMN CLII. C. M.
The mission of Christ.
He calls the hours his own ;
And praise surround the throne. 2 This day arose our glorious head,
And death's dread empire fell;
And all its wonders tell. 3 Bless'd be the Lord, who comes to men,
With messages of grace ; Who comes, in God his Father's name,
To save our sinful race ! 4 Hosanna! in the highest strains
The church on earth can raise ;
The highest heavens in which he reigns,
Shall give him nobler praise.
HYMN CLIII. C. M.
Appearance of angels to the shepherds. i While shepherds watch'd their flocks by
And glory shone around.
Had seiz'd their troubled mind) “Glad tidings of great joy I bring
To you and all mankind ;
Is born, of David's line,
And this shall be the sign; 4. The heavenly babe you there shall find,
To human view display'd, All meanly wrapt in swaddling bands,
And in a manger laid.'
Appear'd a shining throng
Address'd 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.
HYMN CLIV. H. M.
Nativity of Christ.
And fills the ravish'd ear.
2 Th' angelic hosts descend,
With harmony, divine;
And in full chorus join.
3 He comes, from error's night
Your wand'ring souls to save;
He lifts you from the grave.
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.
HYMN CLV. P. M.
Annunciation of Christ's birth.
Was heard the world around;
But peaceful was the night,
In which the Prince of light His reign of peace upon the earth began. 2 The shepherds on the lawn,
Before the point of dawn
The gentle, fleecy brood,
Or cropp'd the flow’ry food, Or slept, or sported on the verdant ground. 3 When lo! with ravish'd ears,
Each swain delighted hears Sweet music, offspring of no mortal hand ;
Answ'ring the stringed noise,
Harping in solemn choir, in robes array'd,
The helmed cherubim
And sworded seraphim
Before were never known,
While God dispos d in air
Each constellation fair, And the well-balanc'd world on hinges hung 6 · Hail! hail! auspicious morn!
The Saviour Christ is born; (Such was the immortal seraphs' song sub
To man sweet peace be given,
HYMN CLVI. Six Line C. M.
Design of Christ's mission.
And hail a Saviour's birth!
To bless the sons of earth.