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25. T. 590. | And make thy love's bright story BEHOLD, to us a Child is born,

In graceful numbers shine.
To us a Son is given;

3. Love caused thy incarnation, Unto the wretched and forlorn Love brought thee down to me;

Descends the Lord from heaven: Thy thirst for my salvation • The promis'd seed, Immanuel, Procur'd my liberty:

The everlasting God, (and hell, O love beyond all measure, Comes down to save from death Wherewith thou dost embrace Poor sinners by his blood. Mankind, 'midst all that pressure

Which since the fall takes place. 2. Great is the hidden mystery That God became a man.

4. No sinful man's endeavour, He had from all eternity,

Nor any mortal's care,
In mercy form'd a plan

Could draw his sovereign favour
To save from misery and distress

To sinners in despair:
The fallen human race;

Uncall’d he comes with gladness, And now the Sun of righteousness

Us from the fall to raise,
His healing beams displays. And change our grief and sadness

To songs of joy and praise.
3. Come, sinners, view the incar-
nate Word,

5. Ye who with deep contrition Who us and all things made;

Bemoan your sinful state, This helpless babe is Christ the Fear not, Christ gives remission Tho' in a manger laid. (Lord,

Of sins, however great: For us to die is Jesus born, He comes, repenting sinners Adore his saving name;

With life and love to crown,
Rejoice, rejoice, for all that mourn | And make them happy winners
May his salvation claim.

Of glory like his own.
J. Swertner.

Paul Gerhard. 26.*

27.* HOW shall I meet my Saviour ?

REJOICE, our nature Christ asHow shall I welcome thee?

sumes, What manner of behaviour Born of a virgin, lo, he comes, Is now requir'd of me?

As the Messiah fore-ordain'd; I wait for thy salvation,

Adore and wonder, every land. Grant me thy Spirit's light, 2. He left his bright, his glorious Thus will my preparation

throne,

(came down, Be pleasing in thy sight. He bow'd the heavens, to earth 2. While with her sweetest flowers And thus his wondrous race began, Thy Zion strews thy way,

As God with God and man with I'll raise with all my powers To thee a grateful lay :

3. Behold a great, a heavenly light, To thee, the King of Glory,

From Bethlehem's manger shining I'll tune a song divine,

bright,

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man.

Around those who in darkness | Then like Simeon, (O what favour!) The night of evil to dispel. (dwell, I desire-to retire 4. Incarnate God, exert thy power,

Hence in peace for ever.

Paul Gerhard. Arise, thou glorious conqueror: Subdue sin, death, and every foe,

29. T. 166 or 22. Erect thy kingdom here below.

INFINITE Source whence all did 28.* T. 157. spring,

(Lord,

The whole creation's Head and RISE, my soul, shake off all sad- Almighty and eternal King, (ador'd: ness,

Who art in heaven and earth Christ is near-thee to cheer; Thou whom the heavens cannot Angels sing with gladness:

contain,

(above, Unto you is born a Saviour

Didst deign to leave thy throne On this day ;-—don't delay

To be an infant poor and mean: To accept God's favour.

O mystery deep, ( boundless love! 2. Our eternal, kind Creator 2. The cause of this, I know it well, Leaves his own-glorious throne, Was thy great love and my great And assumes our nature:

woe; From perdition fuli exemption To rescue me from death and hell, To procure--and endure

Thou didst consent to stoop so low; Death for our redemption.

My misery mov'd the God of grace, 3. O the amazing demonstration Who in the Father's bosom lay, Of his love,—which we prove

When the due time had taken By his incarnation !

place, If mankind by him were loathed, His great compassion to display. lIow could he-deign to be

3. What offering shall I bring to With our nature clothed ?

thee, 4. See your Saviour in a manger; Immanuel, my King and God? 'Midst his own,-yet unknown, Who didst vouchsafe a man to be, Treated like a stranger,

To save me by thy precious blood; Tended by an earthly mother: Thou, at whose birth the angels Ilim believe,-and receive,

sing,

(men," lle is Christ your Brother.

“Peace upon earth, good will to 5. Ye that feel quite poor and To whom the sages humbly bring needy,

Their gifts, though thou appear so Come, who will take your fill, All things now are ready:

4. This will I do, thou Child divine, He is come to be your Saviour, I'll give thee that for which thou Full of love,-to remove

cam’st, Guilt and curse for ever.

My soul and body, Lord, are thine, 6. Jesus, hear my supplication, And them, in love to me, thou Grant me grace-to embrace

claim'st: Thee as my salvation:

My humble sacrifice receive,

mean.

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Dear Jesus, born to bleed for me, 2. Welcome, thou Source of every That I by faith in thee might live, 0 Jesus, King of glory; (good, And with thee live eternally. Welcome, thrice welcome, Lamb of

J. Toeltschig. To this world transitory: (God. 30.

In grateful hymns thy name I'll praise,

(my days; COME, ye redeemed of the Lord, With heart and voice throughout

Your grateful tribute bring, For thy blest incarnation And celebrate with one accord, Procured my salvation. The birth of Christ our King:

3. O lovely Infant, thou art full Let us with humble hearts repair Of grace above all measure;

(Faith will point out the road) Thou art more precious to my soul To little Bethlehem, and there Than earth with all its treasure: Adore the incarnate God.

Come, Jesus, come, abide with me, 2. All glory to Immanuel's name And let my heart thy dwelling be; The choirs of angels sing,

Then I without cessation Gladly these heralds peace pro

Shall joy in thy salvation.

J. Rist. claim, Peace from our God and King:

32.

T. 79. Well might the shepherds haste

ALL glory be to God on high ; away This wondrous babe to see;

Ye sons of Adam, fill the sky Well might the sages homage pay, God, mov'd by everlasting love,

With songs of thankfulness; And bow to him the knee.

Decreed with his dear Son above, 3. We all have reason to rejoice, A sinful world to save and bless.

When we this mystery view, 2. He as a poor mean child was That God assum'd our flesh and His birth no palace did adorn, (born: ( wonder ever new! (blood,

A manger was his bed ; We humbly in the dust adore; Look, look upon this rising sun,

Lord, who is like to thee, Till tears of love your eyes o'errun, That thou, vile sinners to restore,

This lovely babe is Christ our Didst deign a man to be.

head. J. Heart and M. Taylor.

M. Taylor. 33.

T. 11. ARISE, my spirit, bless the day

WHAT good news the angels Whereon the ages' Sire

bring! A child became; thy homage pay, What glad tidings of our King ! Receive him with desire.

Christ the Lord is born to-day, This is the night in which he came, Christ, who takes our sins away. Was born and put on human 2. He who rules both heaven and frame,

Hath in Bethlehern his birth; (earth Us sinners to deliver

Him shall all the faithful see, From sin and death forever. And rejoice eternally.

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men:

3. Lift your hearts and voices

35.* high,

IMMANUEL, to thee we sing, With hosannas fill the sky:

Thou Prince of Life, almighty King, Glory be to God above.

That thou, expected ages past, Who is infinito in love.

Didst come to visit us at last. 4. Peace on earth, good will to 2. Thou, Lord, tho’ heaven belongs

to thee, Now with us our God is seen :

On earth a stranger deign'st to be; Angels join his name to praise,

Thou clothest all, yet wear'st a dress Help to sing redeeming grace.

Which doth the poorest state ex5. Jesus is the loveliest name,

press. This the angel doth proclaim; 3. On wither'd grass reclines thy Sinners poor he came to save,

head, They in him redemption have. A wretched manger is thy bed: 6. They who see themselves un

Tho' thou appear'st among thinë done,

own,

No kindness unto thee is shown. And take refuge to the Son, They shall all be born again, 4. I thank thee, gracious Lord, that And with him in glory reign.

thou Hammond. On my account didst stoop so low; 34.*

O that my words, my works and ways,

(praise. ALL the world give praises due; May all proclaim thy matchless God is faithful, God is true;

P. Gerhard. He to man doth comfort send

36.* In his Son, the sinners' friend. TO-DAY we celebrate the birth 2. What the fathers wish'd of old, Of Jesus Christ, who came on earth What the promises foretold, Man as his property to claim, What the seers did prophesy, And from perdition to redeem. Is fulfill'd most gloriously.

2. Awake, my heart; my soul, arise; 3. My salvation, welcome be; Look who in yonder manger lies; Thou, my portion, praise to thee; Who is that child, so poor and mean? Come, and make thy blest abode 'Tis he who all things doth sustain. In my heart, O Son of God.

3. Welcome, 0 welcome, noble 4. Grant thy comforts to my mind,

guest, Since I'm helpless, poor, and blind; Who sinners not despised hast, O may I in faith abide

But cam’st into our misery;(thee? Thine, and never turn aside. How shall we pay due thanks to 5. Jesus, when in majesty

4. Immanuel, incarnate God, Thou shalt come my judge to be, Prepare my heart for thy abode: Grant in grace that I may stand O may I, through thy aiding grace, Justified at thy right hand. In all I do, show forth thy praise. H. Held.

Dr. M. Luther.

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39. CHRIST the Lord, the Lord most SEE the infant in the manger, glorious,

See the incarnate God lie there, Now is born; O shout aloud : Helpless, indigent, a stranger, Man by him is made victorious : Born a man, our sins to bear! Praise your Saviour, hail your From his birth despis’d, rejected, God.

By his people unrespected, 2. Praise the Lord, for on us shineth

Ah! Immanuel's every breath Christ, the Sun of righteousness;

Was a draught of wrath and death. He to us in love inclineth, (grace.

Benj. Latrobe. Cheers our souls with pardoning

40. 3. Praise the Lord, whose saving ANGELS, from the realms of glory splendour

Wing your flight o'er all the earth, Shines into the darkest night; Ye who sang creation's story, ( what praises shall we render Now proclaim Messiah's birth: For this never-ceasing light.

Come and worship, : 11 : 4. Praise the Lord, God our salva- Worship Christ, the new-born King. tion,

(loss; 2. Shepherds, in the field abiding, Praise him who retriev'd our Watching o'er your flocks by night, Sing with awe, and love's sensation, God with man is now residing, HALLELUJAH, GOD WITH US. Yonder shines the infant light:

J. Miller. Come and worship, : || : 38. T. 585. Worship Christ, the new-born King.

3. Sages, leave your contemplaHAIL, thou wondrous infant stran

Born lost Eden to regain; (ger, Brighter visions beam afar: (tions, Welcome in thy humble manger,

Seek the great Desire of nations ;

Ye have seen his natal star:
Welcome to thy creature man;
Hail Immanuel, : || :

Come and worship, : ||
Thou who wast ere time began.

Worship Christ, the new-born King.

4. Saints, before the altar bending, 2. Say, ye blest seraphic legions, What thus brought your Maker Suddenly the Lord descending,

Watching long in hope and fear, down?

In his temple shall appear: Say, why did he leave your regions,

Come and worship, : || : Why forsake his heavenly throne?

Worship Christ, the new-born King. Notes melodious : 11 : Tell the cause: Good will to man.

5. Sinners, wrung with true re

pentance, 3. We this offer'd Saviour needed, Doom'd for guilt to endless pains,

Hence we join your theme with Justice now revokes the sentence, We by none will be exceeded, (joy, Mercy calls you,

break your While we laud this mystery,

Come and worship,: 11: (chains: And with wonder : || : Worship Christ, the new-born King. God incarnate glorify.

J. Montgomery.

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