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2 Israel's strength and consolation,
Hope of all the saints, thou art;
Long desired of every nation,
Joy of every waiting heart.

3 Born thy people to deliver,

Born a child, yet God our King,
Born to reign in us forever,

Now thy gracious kingdom bring.

4 By thine own eternal Spirit,

Rule in all our hearts alone;
By thine all-sufficient merit,
Raise us to thy glorious throne.

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Humiliation of Christ.

1 AND did the holy and the just,
The Sovereign of the skies,
Stoop down to wretchedness and dust,
That guilty man might rise?

2 Yes, the Redeemer left his throne,
His radiant throne on high, -
Surprising mercy! love unknown!
To suffer, bleed, and die.

STEELE.

3 He took the dying traitor's place, And suffered in his stead;

For sinful man, · O, wondrous grace!·

For sinful man he bled.

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4 O Lord, what heavenly wonders dwell
In thine atoning blood!
By this are sinners saved from hell,
And rebels brought to God.

C. M.

Design of Christ's Advent.

1 HARK! the glad sound! the Saviour comes, The Saviour promised long!

DODDRIDGE.

Let every heart prepare a throne,
And every voice a song.

2 He comes, the prisoner to release, In Satan's bondage held;

The gates of brass before him burst,
The iron fetters yield.

3 He comes, from thickest films of vice To clear the mental ray,

And on the eyes oppressed with night
To pour celestial day.

4 He comes, the broken heart to bind,
The bleeding soul to cure,
And, with the treasures of his grace,
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.

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Object of Christ's Advent.
1 NOT to condemn the sons of men,
Did Christ, the Son of God, appear;
No weapons in his hands are seen,
No flaming sword nor thunder there.

WATTS.

2 Such was the pity of our God,

He loved the race of man so well,
He sent his Son to bear our load

Of sins, and save our souls from hell.

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3 Sinners, believe the Saviour's word;
Trust in his mighty name, and live;
A thousand joys his lips afford,
His hands a thousand blessings give.

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Effects of the Mission of Christ.

1 JOY to the world! the Lord is come!
Let earth receive her King;

Let every heart prepare him room,
And heaven and nature sing.

WATTS.

2 Joy to the earth! the Saviour reigns! Let men their songs employ;

While fields, and floods, rocks, hills, anu 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
Far as the curse 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.

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Christ's first and second Coming.

1 SING to the Lord, ye distant lands,
Ye tribes of every tongue;
His new-discovered grace demands
A new and nobler song.

WATTS

2 Say to the nations, Jesus reigns,
God's own Almighty Son;
His power the sinking world sustains,
And grace surrounds his throne.

3 Let heaven proclaim the joyful day;
Joy through the earth be seen;
Let cities shine in bright array,
And fields in cheerful green.

4 Let new seraphic joy surprise
The islands of the sea;

Ye mountains, sink; ye valleys, rise;
Prepare the Lord his way.

5 Behold, he comes! he comes to bless
The nations as their God,

To show the world his righteousness,
And send his truth abroad.

6 But when his voice shall raise the dead, And bid the world draw near,

How will the guilty nations dread
To see their Judge appear!

215.

S. M.
Christ the Light of the World.
1 BEHOLD, the Prince of Peace,
The chosen of the Lord,
God's well-beloved Son, fulfils
The sure, prophetic word.

2 No royal pomp adorns

This King of righteousness;
And meekness, patience, truth, and love,
Compose his princely dress."

3 The Spirit of the Lord,
In rich abundance shed,
On this great Prophet gently lights,
And rests upon his head.

NEEDHAM.

4 He is the Light of men;

His doctrine life imparts;
O, may we feel its quickening power
To warm and cheer our hearts.

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WATTS.

Christ the Substance of the Levitical Priesthood.
1 THE true Messiah now appears;
The types are all withdrawn:

So fly the shadows and the stars
Before the rising dawn.

2 The smoking sweet and bleeding lamb
The kid and bullock slain,

And costly spice, of every name,
Would all be burnt in vain.

3 Aaron must lay his robes away,
His mitre and his vest,

When Christ, the Lord, comes down to be
The offering and the priest.

4 He took our mortal flesh, to show
The wonders of his love;

For us he paid his life below,
And prays for us above.

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5 "Forgive," he cries, "forgive their sins,
For I myself have died;
And then he shows his opened veins,
And pleads his wounded side.

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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,
With joy, as when the reapers bear
The harvest treasures home.

3 To us a Child of hope is born,
To us a Son is given;

WESLEY.

And him shall all the earth obey,
And all the hosts of heaven.

4 His name shall be the Prince of Peace,
Forevermore adored,

The Wonderful, the Counsellor,
The great and mighty Lord.

5 His power increasing still shall spread;
His reign no end shall know;
His throne shall justice guard above,
And peace abound below.

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Miracles of Christ.

1 AND didst thou, Jesus, condescend,
When veiled in human clay,

To heal the sick, the lame, the blind,
And drive disease away?

CURTIS'S COL.

2 Didst thou regard the beggar's cry,
And cause the blind to see?
Thou Son of David, hear - O, hear
Have mercy, too, on me.

3 And didst thou pity mortal woe,
And sight and health restore?
O, pity, Lord, and save my soul,
Which needs thy mercy more.

4 Didst thou thy trembling servant raise,
When sinking in the wave?

I perish, Lord; O, save my soul;
For thou alone canst save.

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