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6 Light on thy hills, Jerusalem!

The Saviour now is born ;
And bright on Bethlehem's joyous plains

Breaks the first Christmas morn.

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228.

PATRICK.

Nativity of Christ. 1 While shepherds watched their flocks by night,

All seated on the ground,
The angel of the Lord came down,

And glory shone around.
“ 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,
The Saviour, who is Christ the Lord ;

And this shall be the sign :
“ 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 to the earth be peace!
Good-will henceforth, from Heaven to men,

Begin and never cease!"

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SALISBURY COL.
The Song of Angels.
1 Hark! what celestial sounds,

What music fills the air!
Soft warbling to the morn,

It strikes the ravished ear:
Now all is still;

In tuneful notes, Now wild it floats, Loud, sweet, and shrill. 2 The angelic hosts descend,

With harmony divine:
See how from heaven they bend,

And in full chorus join :
“ Fear not,” say they; Jesus, your King,
“ Great joy we bring :

Is born to-day."
3 He comes your souls to save

From death's eternal gloom;
To realms of bliss and light

He lifts you from the tomb:
Your voices raise, Your songs unite
With sons of light;

Of endless praise.
4 Glory to God on high!

Ye mortals, spread the sound,
And let your raptures fly

To earth's remotest bound;
For peace on earth, To man is given,
From God in heaven, At Jesus' birth.

75. M.

230.

M. W. HALE.

Christmas.

i When in silence, o'er the deep,
Darkness kept its deathlike sleep,
Soon as God his mandate spoke,
Light in wondrous beauty broke.

2 But a beam of holier light

Gilded Bethlehem's lonely night,
When the glory of the Lord,

Mercy's sunlight, shone abroad.
3 “Peace on earth, good-will to men,"

Burst the glorious anthem then;
Angels, bending from above,

Joined that strain of holy love.
4 Floating o'er the waves of time

Comes to us that song sublime,
Bearing to the pilgrim's ear

Words to soothe, sustain, and cheer.
5 For creation's blessed light,

Praise to thee, thou God of night!
Seraph-strains thy name should bless
For the Sun of Righteousness.

11 & 10s. M.

231.

HEBER.

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;
Richer by far is the heart's adoration,
Dearer to God are the

prayers
of the

poor.

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232

SPIRIT OF THE PSALMS.

The Guiding Star.

i Bright was the guiding star, that led,

With mild, benignant ray,
The Gentiles to the lowly bed

Where our Redeemer lay.

2 But, lo! a brighter, clearer light

Now points to his abode;
It shines through sin and sorrow's night,

To guide us to our Lord.

3 O haste to follow where it leads;

The gracious call obey,
Be rugged wilds, or flowery meads,

The Christian's destined way.

4 O gladly tread the narrow path,

While light and grace are given;
Who meekly follow Christ on earth

Shall reign with him in heaven.

C. M.

233.

DODDRIDGE.

The Mission of Christ.

1 Hark, the glad sound! the Saviour comes !

The Saviour promised long!
Let every heart prepare a throne,

And every voice a song.

2 On him the Spirit, largely poured,

Exerts its sacred fire;
Wisdom and might, and zeal and love,

His holy breast inspire.
3 He comes, from thickest films of vice

To clear the mental ray,
And on the eyeballs of the blind

To pour celestial day.
4 He comes, the broken heart to bind,

The bleeding soul to cure,
And with the treasures of his grace

To enrich the humble poor.
5 Our glad hosannas, Prince of Peace,

Thy welcome shall proclaim, And heaven's eternal arches ring

With thy beloved name.

C. M.
234.

CHRISTIAN PSALMIST. A Light to lighten the Gentiles. 1 The race that long in darkness pined

Have seen a glorious light;
The people dwell in day, who dwelt

In death's surrounding night.
2 To hail thy rise, thou better Sun,

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 shall the tribes of earth obey,

Him, all the hosts of heaven.

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