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But the mild rays of Paradise beamed on thy waking,

And the sound which thou heardst was the seraphim's song. 4 Thou art gone to the grave—but we will not deplore thee,

Since God was thy ransom.thy guardian, thy guide;

He gave thee, He took thee, and He will restore thee;

And death has no sting, for the Saviour hath died.


1 TJARK! a thrilling voice is sounding;
XX "Christ is nigh," it seems to say;

"Cast away the dreams of darkness,
O ye children of the day!"

2 Wakened by the solemn warning,

Let the earth-bound soul arise;
Christ, her Sun, all ill dispelling,
Shines upon the morning skies.

3 Lo! the Lamb, so long expected,

Comes with pardon down from heaven;
Let us haste, with tears of sorrow,
One and all to be forgiven;

4 That when next He comes with glory,

And the world is wrapped in fear,
With His mercy He may shield us,
And with words of love draw near.

5 Honour, glory, might, and blessing

To the Father and the Son,
With the everlasting Spirit,
While eternal ages run.

50 o. M.

1 T IGHT of the lonely pilgrim's heart,
Jj Star of the coming day,

Arise, and with Thy morning beams
Chase all our griefs away!

2 Come, blessed Lord! Let every shore,

And answering island sing
The praises of Thy royal name,
And own Thee as their King.

„ 3 Bid the whole earth, responsive now
To the bright world above,
Break forth in sweetest strains of joy,
In memory of Thy love.

4 Jesus, Thy fair creation groans,

The air, the earth, the sea,

In unison with all our hearts,

And calls aloud for Thee.

5 Thine was the cross, with all its fruits

Of grace and peace Divine:
Be Thine the crown of glory now,
The palm of victory Thine!

51 4.7.

1 TO! He comes with clouds descending, Jj Once for favoured sinners slain, Thousand thousand saints attending

Swell the triumph of His train:

Christ appears on earth again.

2 Every eye shall now behold Him

Those who set at nought and sold Him,
Pierced and nailed Him to the tree,

Deeply wailing,
Shall the true Messiah see.

3 They who loved Him, and expected,

Now His joy and glory share;
All His saints, by man rejected,
Rise to meet Him in the air!

Lo! the Son of God is there!

4 Yea, amen! let all adore Thee,

High on Thine eternal throne;
Saviour, bow all hearts before Thee,
Claim the kingdoms for Thine own:

Come, and make Thy glories known!

62 L. 31.

1 TTTHEN Christ came down on earth of old,

YV He took our nature poor and low,
He wore no form of angel mould,
But shared our weakness and our woe.

2 But when He hither comes once more,
Then shall He set the great white throne;
And earth and heaven shall flee before
The face of Him who sits thereon.

3 O Son of God, in glory crowned,

The Judge ordained of quick and dead!
O Son of Man, so pitying found
For all the tears Thy people shed!

4 Be with us in that awful hour,

And by Thy crown, and by Thy grave,
By all Thy love and all Thy power,
In that great day of judgment save.


53 8. 7.8. 7.4.7.

1 A NGELS, from the realms of glory J\ 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 Saints, 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,

Doomed for guilt to endless pains,
Justice now revokes the sentence,

Mercy calls you—break your chains!
Come, and worship;


1 /CHRISTIANS, awake, salute the happy morn, \J Whereon the Saviour of mankind was born; Rise to adore the mystery of love,

Which hosts of angels chanted from above;
With them the joyful tidings first begun
Of God Incarnate and the Virgin's Son.

2 Then to the watchful shepherds it was told, Who heard the angelic herald's voice: "Behold,

I bring good tidings of a Saviour's birth
To you and all the nations upon earth:
This day hath God fulfilled His promised word,
This day is born a Saviour, Christ the Lord."

3 He spake; and straightway the celestial choir
In hymns of joy, unknown before, conspire;
The praises of redeeming love they sang,
And heaven's whole orb with alleluias rang;
God's highest glory was their anthem still,
Peace upon earth, and unto men good-will.

4 To Bethlehem straight the enlightened shep

herds ran, To see the wonders God had wrought for man: Then to their flocks, still praising God, return, And their glad hearts with holy rapture burn: To all the joyful tidings they proclaim, The first apostles of the Saviour's name.

5 Oh! may we keep and ponder in our mind God's wondrous love in saving lost mankind; Trace we the Babe, who hath retrieved our loss, From the poor manger to the bitter cross; Tread in His steps, assisted by His grace,

Till man's first heavenly state again takes place.

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