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Sundays after Epiphany 98

COW bright appears the Morning Star,
The host of heaven rejoices;
O Righteous Branch, O Jesse's Rod!
Thou Son of man and Son of God!
We, too, will lift our voices:

Jesus, Jesus!
Holy, holy, yet most lowly,

Draw thou near us;
Great Emmanuel, come and hear us.

2 Though circled by the hosts on high,
He deigned to cast a pitying eye

Upon his helpless creature;
The whole creation's Head and Lord,
By highest seraphim adored,
Assumed our very nature;

Jesus, grant us,
Through thy merit, to inherit

Thy salvation;
Hear, 0 hear our supplication.

3 Rejoice, ye heavens; thou earth, reply;
With praise, ye sinners, fill the sky,

For this his incarnation.
Incarnate God, put forth thy power,
Ride on, ride on, great Conqueror,
Till all know thy salvation.

Amen, Amen!
Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

Praise be given
Evermore, by earth and heaven.

"ilip Nicolai, 1599, all.; Tr. William Mercer, recast 1869

99 D.
TAIL 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 He comes with succour speedy

To those who suffer wrong,
To help the poor and needy,

And bid the weak be strong;
To give them songs for sighing,

Their darkness turn to light,
Whose souls, condemned and dying,

Were precious in his sight.

3 He shall come down like showers

Upon the fruitful earth,
And love, joy, hope, like flowers.

Spring in his path to birth:
Before him on the mountains

Shall peace, the herald, go;
And righteousness in fountains

From hill to valley flow.

4 Kings shall bow down before him,

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

His praise all people sing;
To him shall prayer unceasing

And daily vows ascend;
His kingdom still increasing,

A kingdom without end.

5 O’er every foe victorious,

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

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

His covenant remove;
His Name shall stand for ever,
His changeless Name of Love.

James Montgomery, 1821


100 IGHT of those whose dreary dwelling,

Borders on the shades of death, Jesus, now thyself revealing,

Scatter every cloud beneath. 2 Still we wait for thine appearing;

Life and joy thy beams impart, Chasing all our doubts, and cheering

Every meek and contrite heart.

3 Show thy power in every nation,

O thou Prince of Peace and Love! Give the knowledge of salvation,

Fix our hearts on things above.

4 By thine all-sufficient merit,

Every burdened soul release;
By the presence of thy Spirit,
Guide us into perfect peace. Amen.

Charles Wesley, 1744


C.M. JOY OY to the world! the Lord is come:

Let earth receive her King; Let every heart prepare him room

And heaven and nature sing.

2 Joy to the world! the Saviour reigns:

Let men their songs employ;
While fields and floods, rocks, hills and

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.

Isaac Watts, 1719


C.M. VERY God of very God,

And very Light of Light, Whose feet this earth's dark valley trod,

That so it might be bright;

2 Our hopes are weak, our fears are strong,

Thick darkness blinds our eyes; Cold is the night; thy people long

That thou, their Sun, wouldst rise.

3 And even now, though dull and gray,

The east is brightening fast, And kindling to the perfect day,

That never shall be past.

4 O guide us till our path is done,

And we have reached the shore Where thou, our everlasting Sun,

Art shining evermore!

5 We wait in faith, and turn our face

To where the daylight springs, Till thou shalt come our gloom to chase, With healing in thy wings. Amen.

John Mason Neale, 1846


Eight 7's ! the Loud as

thunders roar, Or the fullness of the sea,

When it breaks upon the shore: "Hallelujah! for the Lord

God Omnipotent shall reign; Hallelujah!” let the word

Echo round the earth and main.

2 Hallelujah! hark! the sound,

From the depths unto the skies. Wakes above, beneath, around

All creation's harmonies; See Jehovah's banner furled, Sheathed his sword; he speaks; 'tis

done; And the kingdoms of this world

Are the kingdoms of his Son.

3 He shall reign from pole to pole

With illimitable sway;
He shall reign when, like a scroll,

Yonder heavens have passed away.
Then the end; beneath his rod

Man's last enemy shall fall: Hallelujah! Christ in God, God in Christ is All in All.

James Montgomery, 1818

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