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4 His name shall be the Prince of Peace,
Whose rule shall stretch abroad, The Wonderful, the Counsellor,
The great and mighty Lord. 5 His power, increasing, still shall spread;
His reign no end shall know; Justice shall guard his throne above,
And peace abound below.
C. M. 235. Watts.
The Messiah's Coming and Kingdom. Psalm 98.
Let earth receive her King :
And heaven and nature sing.
Let men their songs employ; While fields and floods, rocks, hills, and plains,
Repeat the sounding joy.
Nor thorns infest the ground;
As far as sin is found.
And makes the nations prove The glories of his righteousness,
And wonders of his love.
7 & 66. M.
Hail, in the time appointed,
His reign on earth begun!
To set the captive free ;
And rule in equity.
Upon the fruitful earth ;
Spring in his path to birth.
Shall peace, the herald, go,
From hill to valley flow.
And daily vows ascend;
A kingdom without end.
A seed in weakness sown,
And shake like Lebanon.
Message of John the Baptist.
To go before his face;
Sent to prepare his ways.
That takes our guilt away: I saw the Spirit o'er his head,
On his baptizing day.
3 "Be every vale exalted high,
Sink every mountain low; The proud must stoop, and humble sou)
Shall his salvation know.
“ The heathen realms with Israel's land
Shall join in sweet accord;
The glory of the Lord.
“Behold the Morning Star arise,
Ye that in darkness sit; He marks the path that leads to peace,
And guides our doubtful feet."
The chosen of the Lord,
The sure prophetic word.
This King of Righteousness;
Compose his princely dress.
In rich abundance shed,
And rests upon his head.
Thy doctrine life imparts;
To warm and glad our hearts !
Cheered by its beams, our souls
Shall run the heavenly way: The path which Christ has marked and trod,
Will lead to endless day.
239. T. FLETCHER.
The Baptism of Jesus.
Where Jordan rolls his flood,
The holy Baptist stood.
The people thronged to hear,
“ The heavenly kingdom 's near.” 3 Now Jesus to the stream descends ;
His feet the waters lave;
The Baptist pours the wave.
Descending as a dove; And wondrous sounds th' assembly hears,
Proclaiming from above,-
On him my spirit rests;
Attend his high behests.”
And still through distant lands Shall sound, till all his name revere,
And honor his commands.
11 & 10s. M.
Come, ye Disconsolate.
1 COME, ye disconsolate, where'er ye languish;
Come, at the shrine of God fervently kneel; Here bring your wounded hearts, here tell your
anguish; Earth has no sorrow that heaven cannot heal.
2 Joy of the desolate, light of the straying,
Hope, when all others die, fadeless and pure, Here speaks the Comforter, tenderly saying,
“ Earth has no sorrow that heaven cannot cure."
3 Here see the bread of life; see waters flowing
Forth from the throne of God, living and pure; Come to the feast of love; come, ever knowing
Earth has no sorrow that heaven cannot cure
8 & 78. M.
Consolation of Israel. Luke ii. 25.
i Come, thou long-expected Jesus !
Born to set thy people free;
Let us find our rest in thee:
Hope of all the saints thou art;
Joy of every longing heart.
Born a child, and yet a king ;
No v thy gracious kingdom bring: