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HYMN I. The Song of the Angels. For the Nativity of our blessed Lord and Saviour. Luke ii. ver. 8–15. Wilso shepherds watch'd their flocks by night, 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 seiz'd 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 haman 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 thron Of Angels, praising God, who thus 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 II. The Song of Men of..." to the Song of the Angels. Woo Angels thus, Q Lord, rejoice, Shall men no Anthem raise 2 O may we lose these useless tongues, When we forget to praise! 2 Then let us swell responsive notes, And join the heavenly throng; For Angels no such love have known As we, to wake their song. 3 Good-will to sinful dust is shown, And peace on earth is given; For lo! th’ incarnate Saviour comes, With news of joy from heaven! 4 Mercy and truth, with sweet accord, His rising beams adorn; Let heaven and earth in concert sing, “The Promis’d Child is born!” 5 Glory to God, in highest strains, By highest worlds is paid: Be glory, then, by us proclaim’d, And by our lives display’d; 6 Till we attain those blissful realms, Where now our Saviour reigns; To rival these celestial choirs In their immortal strains! - HYMN III. FOR GOOD-FRIDAY. On the Sufferings of our blessed Lord and Saviour. ROM whence these direful omens round, Which heaven and earth amaze? Wherefore do earthquakes cleave the ground?
For all eternity. 5 So count yourselves as dead to sin, But graciously restor'd, And made, henceforth, alive to God, Through Jesus Christ our Lord. HYMN V. For the same. HRIST from the dead is rais'd, and made The First Fruits of the tomb; For, as by man came death, by man Did resurrection come. 2 For, as in Adam all mankind Did guilt and death derive; So, by the righteousness of Christ, Shall all be made alive.
3 If then ye risen are with Christ,
why hides the sun his rays?
For the same. Mo God, and is thy table spread? And does thy cup with love o’erflow : Thither be all thy children led, And let them thy sweet mercies know ! 2 Hail, sacred Feast, which Jesus makes' Rich banquet of his flesh and blood! Thrice happy he who here partakes That sacred stream, that heavenly food! 3 Why are its dainties all in vain Before unwilling hearts display’d 2 Was not for you the victim slain? Are you forbid the children's bread 2 4 O let thy table honour’d be, And furnish’d well with joyful guests ' And may each soul salvation see, That here its holy pledges tastes: 5 Drawn by thy quick’ning grace, O Lord, In countless numbers let them come, And gather from their Father's board, The bread that lives beyond the tomb : 6 Nor let thy spreading Gospel rest, Till through the world thy truth has run, Till with this bread all men be blest Who see the light, or feel the sun
HYMN XI. For the same.
A* are we now brought near to God,
It holds its life from thee alone,
where years and death are known no more.
7 No more fatigue, no more distress,
13 Then let me love my Bible more,
3 Soon as the ev'ning shades prevail, The moon takes up the wondrous tale; And nightly, to the list’ning eartb, epeats the story of her birth; 4. Whilst all the stars that round her burn, And all the planets in their turn, Confirm the tidings as they roll, And spread the truth from pole to pole. 5 What though in solemn silence all Move round the dark terrestrial ball; What though no real voice nor sound Amidst their radiant orbs be found; 6 In reason's ear they all rejoice, And utter forth a glorious voice, For ever singing as they shine, “The hand that made us is divine.” HYMN XVI. On the Providence of God: Taken chiefly from the 23d Psalm of David. HE Lord my pasture shall prepare, And feed me with a shepherd's care; His presence shall my wants supply, And guard me with a watchful eye; 2 My noon-day walks he shall attend, And all my midnight hours defend: When in the sultry glebe I faint, Or on the thirsty mountain pant, 3 To fertile vales and dewy meads My weary wand'ring steps he leads, Where peaceful rivers, soft and slow, Amid the verdant landskip flow. 4 Though in the paths of death I tread, With gloomy horrors overspread; My steadfast heart shall fear no ill, For thou, O Lord, art with me still ; 5 Thy friendly crook shall give me aid And guide me through the dreadful shade: Though in a hare and rugged way, Through devious lonely wilds I stray, 6 Thy bounty shall my pains beguile, The barren wilderness shall smile, With sudden greens and herbage crown'd, And streams shall murmur all around.
HYMN XVII. For the Mercies of Redemption. LL-glorious God, what hymns of praise Shall our transported voices raise! What ardent love and zeal are due, While heaven stands open to our view! 2 Once we were fall’n, and O how low ! Just on the brink of endless woe; When Jesus, from the realms above, Borne on the wings of boundless love, 3 Scatter'd the shades of death and night, And spread around his heavenly light! By him what wondrous grace is shown To souls impoverish’d and undone! 4 He shows, beyond these mortal shores, A bright inheritance as ours; Where saints in light our coming wait, To share their holy, happy state! HYMN XVIII. For Public Mercies and Deliverances. ALVATION doth to God belong; His power and grace shall be our song; From him alone all mercies flow; His arm alone subdues the foe! 2 Then praise this God, who bows his ear Propitious to his people's prayer; And though deliverance he may stay, Yet answers still in his own day. '
3 Q may this goodness lead our land,
HYMN XX. Which may be used at Sea or on Land. Lo. for the just thou dost provide; Thou art their sure defence! Eternal wisdom is their guide, Their help Omnipotence. 2 Though they through foreign lands should
roam, And breathe the tainted air In burning climates, far from home; Yet thou, their God, art there. 3 Thy goodness sweetens every soil, Makes every country please; Thou on the snowy hills doth smile, And smooth'st the rugged seas' # When waves on waves, to heaven uprear'd, Defy'd the pilot's art; When terror in each face appear'd, And sorrow in each heart; 5 To thee I rais'd my humble prayer, To snatch me from the grave! l found thine ear not slow to hear, Nor short thine arm to save! 6 Thou gav'st the word—the winds did cease, The storms obey'd thy will, The raging sea was hush'd in peace, And every wave was still! 7 For this, my life, in every state, A life of praise shall be; / And death, when death shall be my fate, Shall join my soul to thee. HYMN XXI. Prayer and Hope of Victory. OW may the God of grace and power | Attend his people's humble cry; efend them in the needful hour, And send deliverance from on high. 2 In his salvation is our hope, And in the name of Israel's God Our troops shall lift their banners up ; Qur navies spread their flags abroad. 3 Some trust in horses train’d for war, And some of chariots make their boasts;
Qur surest expectations are
4. Then save us, Lord, from slavish fear,
5 To him I cry’d, “Thy servant save,
Sweetly the Gospel trumpet sound;
The glorious Jubilee proclaim,
Where’er the human race is found.
2 The joyful news to all impart,
And teach them where salvation lies;
With care bind up the broken heart,
And wipe the tears from weeping eyes.
3 Be wise as serpents where you go,
But harmless as the peaceful dove,
And let your heaven-tau
ght conduct show.
That ye're commission'd from above.