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6. In vain our haughty reason swells,
Hymn 16. c. M.
Sovereignty and Grace.
HE Lord! how fearful is his name!
THow wide is his command!
Nature with all her moving frame,
2. Immortal glory forms his throne, '
Whilst, with a smile, or with a frown
3. Adoring angels round him fall,
His Sovereign eye looks through them all, And pities mortal worms.
4. His bowels to our worthless race
He clothes his looks with softest grace,
5. Now let the Lord for ever reign,
Sick, or in health, in ease, or pain,
6. No more shall peevish passion rise,
Hymn 17. L. M.
Y God, my Life, thy various praise,
Thy grace employ my thankful tongue,
3. But who can speak thy wond'rous deeds?
11. The CHARACTER, ACTIONS, SUFFERINGS, and GLORY of CHRIST. 1. NATIVITY.
Hymn 18. L. M.
The deity and humanity of Christ, John i. 1, 3, 14. and Col. i. 16. and Eph. iii. 9, 10.
RE the blue heav'ns were stretch'd abroad,
With God he was; the word was God,
2. By his own pow'r were all things made;
4. But lo! he leaves those heav'nly forms,
5. Mortals with joy behold his face,
Hymn 19. s. M.
Christ the wisdom of God. Prov. viii. 1, 22-23.
1. HALL wisdom cry aloud,
And not her speech be heard?'
The voice of God's eternal Word.
2. "I was his chief delight,
"Before the first of all his works,
"Creation was begun.
3. "Upon the empty air
The earth was balanc'd well:
4. "My busy thoughts at first
"On their salvation ran,
"Ere sin was born, or Adam's dust "Was fashion'd to a man.
5. "Then come, receive my grace,
Happy the man that keeps my ways,
Hymn 20. L. Mi
God the Son equal with the Father. RIGHT King of glory, dreadful God!
B Our spirits bow before thy feet;
To thee we lift an humble thought,
2. Thy pow'r hath form'd, thy wisdom sways
And vengeance waits thy dread command. 4. A thousand seraphs strong and bright Stand round the glorious Deity; But who amongst the sons of light, Pretends comparison with thee? 5. Yet there is one of human frame, Jesus, array'd in flesh and blood, Thinks it no arrogance to claim › A full equality with God.
6. There glory shines with equal beams; Their essence is for ever one,
Though they are known by diff'rent names,
The Father God, and God the Son,
7: Then let the name of Christ our King With equal honours be ador'd;
His praise let ev'ry angel sing,
Hymn 21. C. M.
The incarnation of Christ. Luke ii. 14.
Joy, love, and gratitude, combine
2. In heav'n the rapt'rous song began,
Thro' all the shining legions ran,
3. Swift through the vast expanse it flew,
The theme, the song, the joy was new,
4. Down thro' the portals of the sky
Good-will, and peace are heard throughout
6. With joy the chorus we'll repeat,
"Good-will and peace are now complete, "Jesus was born to die."
7. Hail, Prince of life, forever hail!
Tho' earth, and time, and life should fail,
Hymn 22. c. M.
For the Nativity of our blessed Lord and Saviour. Luke ii. 8-15.
WHILE shepherds watch'd their flocks by
1.W All seated on the ground,
The angel of the Lord came down,
Fear not," said he, for mighty dread
seiz'd their troubled mind;