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6 Light on thy hills, Jerusalem!
The Saviour now is born ;
Breaks the first Christmas morn.
Nativity of Christ. 1 While shepherds watched their flocks by night,
All seated on the ground,
And glory shone around.
Had seized 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 :
To human view displayed,
And in a manger laid.”
Appeared a shining throng
Addressed their joyful song: 6 " All glory be to God on high,
And to the earth be peace!
Begin and never cease!"
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What music fills the air!
It strikes the ravished ear:
In tuneful notes, Now wild it floats, Loud, sweet, and shrill. 2 The angelic hosts descend,
With harmony divine:
And in full chorus join :
Is born to-day."
From death's eternal gloom;
He lifts you from the tomb:
Of endless praise.
Ye mortals, spread the sound,
To earth's remotest bound;
M. W. HALE.
i When in silence, o'er the deep,
2 But a beam of holier light
Gilded Bethlehem's lonely night,
Mercy's sunlight, shone abroad.
Burst the glorious anthem then;
Joined that strain of holy love.
Comes to us that song sublime,
Words to soothe, sustain, and cheer.
Praise to thee, thou God of night!
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The Infant Jesus.
1 BRIGHTEST and best of the sons of the morning,
Dawn on our darkness and lend us thine aid ; Star of the East, the horizon adoxning,
Guide where the infant Redeemer is laid. 2 Cold on his cradle the dew-drops are shining ;
Low lies his head with the beasts of the stall; Angels bend o'er him, in slumber reclining,
Monarch, Redeemer, Restorer of all. 3 Say, shall we yield him, in costly devotion,
Odors of Edom, and offerings divine ? Gems of the mountain, and pearls of the ocean,
Myrrh from the forest, or gold from the mine?
1 Vainly we offer each ample oblation,
Vainly with gold would his favor secure;
SPIRIT OF THE PSALMS.
The Guiding Star.
i Bright was the guiding star, that led,
With mild, benignant ray,
Where our Redeemer lay.
2 But, lo! a brighter, clearer light
Now points to his abode;
To guide us to our Lord.
3 O haste to follow where it leads;
The gracious call obey,
The Christian's destined way.
4 O gladly tread the narrow path,
While light and grace are given;
Shall reign with him in heaven.
The Mission of Christ.
1 Hark, the glad sound! the Saviour comes !
The Saviour promised long!
And every voice a song.
2 On him the Spirit, largely poured,
Exerts its sacred fire;
His holy breast inspire.
To clear the mental ray,
To pour celestial day.
The bleeding soul to cure,
To enrich the humble poor.
Thy welcome shall proclaim, And heaven's eternal arches ring
With thy beloved name.
CHRISTIAN PSALMIST. A Light to lighten the Gentiles. 1 The race that long in darkness pined
Have seen a glorious light;
In death's surrounding night.
The gathering nations come, Joyous, as when the reapers bear
The harvest treasures home.
3 To us a child of hope is born,
To us a Son is given ;
Him, all the hosts of heaven.