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" 'T is sweet to Him who treasures love divine,
The coasts with zeal of palmer old to trace, Hills, vales and streams of holy Palestine,
And mark in every ancient hallowed place What rays of glory wont of old to shine,
What acts of wonder, and what words of grace : How here the mourner heard glad news of rest,
Here the deaf ear the Saviour's presence blest, The sightless eye beheld, the speechless tongue confest.
" And sweet to them whose bounded lot at home
Constrains their steps in quietude to stay, Yea, sweet it is to them, afar to roam
In thought, companions of the palmer's way,– And to the other land of Christendom,
The debt of more than patriot fondness pay,–
Or Jordan's flood, or lone Tiberias sea,
BIRTH OF JOHN THE BAPTIST.
“ The day-spring from on high hath visited us."-Luke i. 78.
TOILING through the livelong night,
way, How the traveller hails the light,
Herald of the coming day.
Thus, when fraud and rapine threw
O'er the world their cloud afar, On the good man's raptured view
Broke the dawn of Judah's star.
Tears of joy and gratitude
Hailed the Baptist's natal morn, For the heavenly light renewed,
For another prophet born.
Born to go before the face
Of Judea's Saviour king;
Thus began the song of praise
For the day-spring's earliest ray. How should we the anthem raise For the Gospel's perfect day!
S. G. Bulfinch.
THv servants in the temple watched
The dawning of the day,
Their holy vows to pay;
That great and glorious morn,
Auspiciously should dawn.
Its brightest beams hath poured ;
Lord, be thy love adored ;
To that more glorious day,
Spirit of the Psalms. BIRTH OF JESUS.
Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace; good will toward men." - Luke ii. 14.
Was heard the world around,
But peaceful was the night
In which the Prince of light
The shepherds on the lawn,
Before the point of dawn,
The gentle fleecy brood
Or cropped the flowery food,
When lo! with ravished ears,
Each swain delighted hears
Divinely warbled voice,
Answering the stringed noise, With blissful rapture charmed the listening band.