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6 Then may we hope, the angelic hosts among,
To join, redeemed, a glad, triumphant throng;
He that was born upon this joyful day
Around us all His glory shall display;
Saved by His love, incessant we shall sing
Eternal praise to heaven's Almighty King.


1 TTARK! the herald-angels sing
XI Glory to the new-born King,
Peace on earth, and mercy mild,
God and sinners reconciled.
Joyful, all ye nations, rise,
Join the triumph of the skies;
With the angelic host proclaim
Christ is born in Bethlehem.

Hark! the herald-angels sing
Glory to the new-born King.

2 Christ, by highest heaven adored,
Christ, the everlasting Lord,
Late in time behold Him come,
Offspring of a virgin's womb.
Veiled in flesh the Godhead see!
Hail, the Incarnate Deity!
Pleased as Man with man to dwell,
Jesus, our Emmanuel.

Hark! the herald-angels sing
Glory to the new-born King.

3 Hail, the heaven-born Prince of Peace!
Hail, the Sun of Righteousness!
Light and life to all He brings,

Risen with healing in His wings.

Born that man no more may die,
Born to raise the sons of earth,
Born to give them second birth.

Hark! the heiald-angels sing

Glory to the new-born King.

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1 TTTHILE shepherds watched their flocks

IT 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 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
A 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 wrapped in swathing bands,
And in a manger laid."

5 Thus spake the seraph; and forthwith

Appeared a shining throng
Of angels praising God, who thus
Addressed their joyful song:

6 "All glory be to God on high,

And on the earth be peace;
Goodwill henceforth from Heaven to men
Begin and never cease."

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67 7. 7. 7. 7.

1 "T1OR Thy mercy and Thy grace,
J} Constant through another year,
Hear our song of thankfulness;

Jesu, our Redeemer, hear.

2 In our weakness and distress,

Rock of strength, be Thou our etay;
In the pathless wilderness,
Be our true and living way.

3 Who of us death's awful road

In the coming year shall tread,
With Thy rod and staff, O God,
Comfort Thou his dying bed.

4 Make us faithful, make us pure,

Keep us evermore Thine own,
Help Thy servants to endure,
Fit us for the promised crown.

5 So within Thy palace gate

We shall praise, on golden strings,
Thee the only Potentate,
Lord of lords and King of kings.

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THE year is gone, beyond recall,
With all its hopes and fears,
With all its bright and gladdening smiles,
With all its mourners' tears.
2 Thy thankful people praise Thee, Lord,
For countless gifts received,
And pray for grace to keep the faith

3 To Thee we come, O gracious Lord,

The new-born year to bless;

Defend our land from pestilence.

Give peace and plenteousness.

4 Forgive this nation's many sins,

The growth of vice restrain,
And help us all with sin to strive,
And crowns of life to gain.

5 From evil deeds that stain the past

We now desire to flee;
And pray that future years may all
Be spent, good Lord, for Thee.

6 O Father, let Thy watchful eye

Still look on us in love,
That we may praise Thee, year by year,
As angels do above.

7 All glory to the Father be,

All glory to the Son,
All glory, Holy Ghost, to Thee,
While endless ages run.

59 7. 7. 7. 7. 7. 7. 7. 7.

1 rplME by moments steals away,

l First the hour and then the day;
Small the loss of each appears,
Yet it soon amounts to years:
Thus another year is flown,
And is now no more our own,
Whatsoe'er its ill or good,
Than the years before the flood.

2 But each year, let none forget,
Finds and leaves us much in debt:

Favours from the Lord received,
Sins that have the Spirit grieved,
Marked by God's unerring hand,
In His book recorded stand:
Who can tell the vast amount
There set down to his account?

3 We have nothing, Lord, to pay
But for Jesu's sake we pray,
Hear the souls that on Thee call,
And forgive us freely all.
If we see another year,
May we spend it in Thy fear;
All its days devote to Thee,
Living for eternity.

60 7. 7. 7. 7.

1 TTTHILE, with ceaseless course, the sun

W Hasted through the former year,
Many souls their race have run,
Never more to meet us here.

2 Fixed in an eternal state,

They have done with all below;
We a little longer wait,
But how little none can know.

3 Swiftly thus our fleeting days

Bear us down life's rapid stream!
Lord, to heaven our wishes raise,
All on earth is but a dream.

4 Bless Thy word to young and old;

Fill us with the Saviour's love;
And, when life's short tale is told,
May we dwell with Thee above.

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