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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.
i Joy to the world! the Lord is come!

Let earth receive her King :
Let every heart prepare him room,

And heaven and nature sing.
2 Joy to the earth! the Saviour reigns !

Let men their songs employ; While fields and floods, rocks, hills, and plains,

Repeat the sounding joy.
3 No more let sins and sorrows grow,

Nor thorns infest the ground;
He comes to make his blessings flow

As far as sin is found.
4 He rules the world with truth and grace,

And makes the nations prove The glories of his righteousness,

And wonders of his love.

7 & 66. M.

236.

MONTGOMERY.
“ All nations shall call Him blessed."
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Hail to the Lord's anointed!
Great David's greater Son!

Hail, in the time appointed,

His reign on earth begun!
He comes to break oppression,

To set the captive free ;
To take away transgression,

And rule in equity.
2 He shall come down like showers

Upon the fruitful earth ;
And joy, and hope, like flowers,

Spring in his path to birth.
Before him, on the mountains,

Shall peace, the herald, go,
And righteousness, in fountains,

From hill to valley flow.
3. For him shall prayer unceasing

And daily vows ascend;
His kingdom still increasing,

A kingdom without end.
The mountain dew shall nourish

A seed in weakness sown,
Whose fruit shall spread and flourish,

And shake like Lebanon.

C. M.

237. Watts.

Message of John the Baptist.
1 John was the prophet of the Lord,

To go before his face;
The herald which the Prince of Peace

Sent to prepare his ways.
2 "Behold the Lamb of God," he cries,

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.

4

“ The heathen realms with Israel's land

Shall join in sweet accord;
And all that's born of man shall see

The glory of the Lord.

5

“Behold the Morning Star arise,

Ye that in darkness sit; He marks the path that leads to peace,

And guides our doubtful feet."

238.

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S. M.

NEEDHAM
Christ the Light of the World.
Behold the Prince of Peace!

The chosen of the Lord,
God's well-beloved Son, fulfils

The sure prophetic word.
No royal pomp adorns

This King of Righteousness;
Meekness and patience, truth and lc e,

Compose his princely dress.
The Spirit of the Lord,

In rich abundance shed,
On this great prophet gently lights,

And rests upon his head.
4 Jesus, thou light of men!

Thy doctrine life imparts;
O may we feel its quickening power

To warm and glad our hearts !

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5

Cheered by its beams, our souls

Shall run the heavenly way: The path which Christ has marked and trod,

Will lead to endless day.

C. M.

239. T. FLETCHER.

The Baptism of Jesus.
1 In Judah's rugged wilderness,

Where Jordan rolls his flood,
In manners strict, and rude in dress,

The holy Baptist stood.
2 And while upon the river's side

The people thronged to hear,
Repent,” the sacred preacher cried ;

“ The heavenly kingdom 's near.” 3 Now Jesus to the stream descends ;

His feet the waters lave;
And o'er his head, that humbly bends,

The Baptist pours the wave.
4 When, lo! a heavenly form appears,

Descending as a dove; And wondrous sounds th' assembly hears,

Proclaiming from above,-
5 “ This is my well-beloved Son;

On him my spirit rests;
Now is his reign of grace begun;

Attend his high behests.”
6 The sacred voice has reached our ear,

And still through distant lands Shall sound, till all his name revere,

And honor his commands.

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240.

MOORE.

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

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241.

Madan's Col.

Consolation of Israel. Luke ii. 25.

i Come, thou long-expected Jesus !

Born to set thy people free;
From our fears and sins release us,

Let us find our rest in thee:
Israel's strength and consolation,

Hope of all the saints thou art;
Dear Desire of every nation, -

Joy of every longing heart.
2 Born thy people to deliver ;

Born a child, and yet a king ;
Born to reign in us for ever,

No v thy gracious kingdom bring:

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