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SAVIOUR, whom this holy morn

Gave to our world below ;
To mortal want and labour born,

And more than mortal woe :
2 Incarnate Word! by every grief,

By each temptation tried,
Who lived to yield our ills relief,

And to redeem us died :
3 If, gaily clothed and proudly fed,

In dangerous wealth we dwell;
Remind us of Thy manger bed,

And lowly cottage cell.
4 If, pressed by poverty severe,

In envious want we pine,
O may the Spirit whisper near,

How poor a lot was Thine.
5 Through fickle fortune's various scene

From sin preserve us free:
Like us Thou hast a mourner been,

May we rejoice with Thee. 85

ORD of mercy and of might,

Of mankind the life and light,
Maker, Teacher infinite,

Holy Jesu, hear and save!
2 Thou, when sin's primæval doom

Gave creation to the tomb,
Didst not scorn a Virgin's womb-

Holy Jesu, hear and save!


3 Strong Creator, Saviour mild,

Humbled to a mortal Child,
Captive, beaten, bound, reviled,

Holy Jesu, hear and save!
4. Throned above celestial things,

Borne aloft on angels' wings,
Lord of lords, and King of kings,

Holy Jesu, hear and save!
5 Soon to come to earth again,

Judge of angels and of men,
Hear us now, and hear us then,

Holy Jesu, hear and save!


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NGELS, from the realms of glory,

Ye who sang creation's story,
Now proclaim Messiah's birth :

Come and worship,
Worship Christ the new-born King!
2 Shepherds, in the field abiding,

Watching o'er your flocks by night,
God with man is now residing,
Round you shines the heavenly light:

Come and worship,
Worship Christ the new-born King!
3 Saints, before the altar bending,

Watching long in hope and fear;
Suddenly the Lord descending
In His temple shall appear :

Come and worship,
Worship Christ the new born King !



87 RIGHTEST and best of the sons of the

morning, Dawn on our darkness and lend us thine aid : Star of the east, the horizon adorning,

Guide where our 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 adore Him in slumber reclining,

Maker and Monarch and Saviour of all. 3 Say, shall we yield Him, in costly devotion,

Odours of Edom and offerings divine ? Gems of the mountain and pearls of the ocean,

Myrrh from the forest or gold from the mine? 4 Vainly we offer each ample oblation ;

Vainly with gifts would His favour secure : Richer by far is the heart's adoration;

Dearer to God are the prayers of the poor. 5 Brightest and best of the sons of the morning,

Dawn on our darkness and lend us thine aid : Star of the east, the horizon adorning,

Guide where our infant Redeemer is laid. 88

S with gladness men of old


As with joy they hailed its light,
Leading onward, beaming bright;
So, most gracious Lord, may we
Evermore be led to Thee.

2 As with joyful steps they sped

To that lowly manger-bed,
There to bend the knee before
Him whom heaven and earth adore ;
So may we with willing feet

Ever seek the mercy-seat.
3 As they offered gifts most rare

At that manger rude and bare;

may we with holy joy,
Pure and free from sin’s alloy,
All our costliest treasures bring,

Christ! to Thee our heavenly King.
4 Holy Jesus, every day

Keep us in the narrow way ;
And, when earthly things are past,
Bring our ransomed souls at last
Where they need no star to guide,

Where no clouds Thy glory hide. 89

RIGHT was the guiding star that led,

With mild benignant ray,
The Gentiles to the lowly shed

Where the 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 God.
3 O gladly tread the narrow path,

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

Shall reign with Him in heaven.





AIL 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 Kings shall fall down before Him,

And gold and incense bring;
All nations shall adore Him,

His praise all people sing :
For He shall have dominion

O'er river, sea, and shore,
Far as the eagle's pinion

Or dove's light wing can soar.
3 To Him shall prayer unceasing

And daily vows ascend;
His kingdom still increasing,

A kingdom without end :
The mountain dews shall nourish

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

And shake like Lebanon.
4 O'er every foe victorious,

He on His throne shall rest ;
From age to age more glorious,

All-blessing and all-blessed:
The tide of time shall never

His covenant remove ;
His name shall stand for ever,

His great, best name of Love.

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