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O Jesus exalted on high,
Appear our omnipotent Lord!
Who meanly in Bethlehem born,
Didst stoop to redeem a lost race,
Once more to thy creatures return,
And reign in thy kingdom of grace.
2. When thou in our flesh didst appear,
All nature acknowledg'd thy birth;
Arose the acceptable year,
And heav'n was open'd on earth:
Receiving its Lord from above,
The world was united to bless
The Giver of concord and love,
The Prince and the Author of Peace.
3. O wouldst thou again be made known,
Again in thy spirit descend,
And set up in each of thine own,
A kingdom that never shall end ::
Thou only art able to bless,
And make the glad nations obey,
And bid the dire enmity cease,
And bow the whole world to thy sway.
4. Come then to thy servants again,
Who long thy appearance to know;
Thy quiet and peaceable reign
In mercy establish below!
All sorrow before thee shall fly,
And anger and hatred be o'er,
And envy and malice shall die,
And discord afflict us no more.
5. No horrid alarum of war,
Shall break our eternal repose;
No sound of the trumpet is there,
Where Jesus's Spirit o'erflows:
Appeas'd by the charms of thy grace,
We all shall in amity join,
And kindly each other embrace,
And love with a passion like thing.
Hymn 29. s. M.
FATHER, our hearts we lift
Up to thy gracious throne,
And thank thee for the precious gift
Of thine incarnate Son;
The gift unspeakable
We thankfully receive,
And to the world thy goodness tell,
And to thy glory live.
2. Jesus, the holy child,
Doth by his birth declare,
That God and man are reconcil'd,
And one in him we are;
Salvation through his name
To all mankind is giv❜n,
And loud his infant cries proclaim
A peace 'twixt earth and heav'n.
3. A peace on earth he brings,
Which never more shall end;
The Lord of hosts, the King of kings,
Declares himself our friend:
Assumes our flesh and blood,
That we his grace may gain,
The everlasting Son of God,
The mortal Son of man.
4. His kingdom from above
He doth to us impart,
And pure benevolence and love
O'erflow the faithful heart:
Chang'd in a moment, we
The sweet attraction find,
With open arms of charity
Embracing all mankind.
5. O might they all receive
The new-born Prince of Peace,
And meekly in his spirit live,
And in his love increase!
Till he convey us home,
Cry ev'ry soul aloud,
Come, thou desire of nations, come,
And take us up to God!
Hymn 30. P. M.
ARK! the herald-angels sing, "Glory to the new-born King; "Peace on earth, and mercy mild; "God and sinners reconcil'd:" Joyful, all ye nations, rise,
Join the triumphs of the skies;
With th' angelic hosts proclaim,
"Christ is born in Bethlehem."
2. Christ, by highest heav'n ador'd,
Christ the everlasting Lord;
Late in time behold him come,
Offspring of a virgin's womb;
Veil'd in flesh, the Godhead see,
Hail th' incarnate Deity!
Pleas'd as man with men ť
Jesus our Immanuel here.
3. Hail, the heav'n-born Prince of Peace,
Hai, the Sun of righteousness!
Light and life to all he brings,
Ris'n with healing in his wings:
Mild he lays his glory by,
Born that man no more may die;
Born to raise the sons of earth;
Born to give them second birth.
4. Come, desire of nations, come,
Fix in us thy humble home;
Rise, the woman's conqu'ring seed,
Bruise in us the serpent's head:
Adam's likeness now efface,
Stamp thine image in its place:
Second Adam from above,
Reinstate us in thy love.
Hymn 31. c. M.
The Song of Angels at the Birth of Christ. Luke ii.
IGH let us swell our tuneful notes,
And join th' angelic throng;
For angels no such love have known,
T'awake a cheerful song.
2. Good will to guilty men is shewn,
And peace on earth is giv'n;
For lo! th' incarnate Saviour comes,
With messages from heav'n.
3. Justice and grace with sweet accord,
His rising beams adorn:
Let heav'n and earth in concert join,
Now such a child is born.
4. Glory to God in highest strains,
In highest worlds be paid;
His glory by our lips proclaim'd,
And by our lives display'd.
5. When shall we reach those blissful realms,
Where Christ exalted reigns,
And learn of the celestial choir,
Their own immortal strains?
Hymn 32. L. M.
Types and Prophecies of Christ.
EHOLD the woman's promis'd seed!
Behold the great Messiah come!
Behold the Prophets all agreed
To give him the superior room!
2. Abra'm, the saint, rejoic'd of old,
When visions of the Lord he saw;
Moses, the man of God, foretold
This great fulfiller of his law.
3. The types bore witness to his name,
Obtain'd their chief design, and ceas'd;
The Incense and the bleeding Lamb,
The Ark, the Altar, and the Priest.
4. Predictions in abundance meet
To join their blessings on his head:
Jésus, we worship at thy feet,
And nations own the promis'd seed.
2. THE OFFICES OF CHRIST.
The offices of Christ.
E bless the prophet of the Lord,
That comes with truth and Grace;
Jesus, thy Spirit and thy word
Shall lead us in thy ways.
2. We rev'rence our High-Priest above,
Who offer'd up his blood,
And lives to carry on his love,
By pleading with our God.
3. We honour our exalted King;
How sweet are his commands!
He guards our souls from hell and sin,
By his Almighty hands.
4. Hosanna to his glorious name,
Who saves by diff'rent ways;
His mercies lay a sov'reign claim
To our immortal praise.