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PART II.

CONTAINING

SPIRITUAL SONGS,

DESIGNED FOR

SOCIAL WORSHIP.

BY WILLIAM DOSSEY,

Minister of the Gospel.

Teaching and admonishing one another in......spiritual songs, singing with

grace in your hearts to the Lord.-Paul.

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PART II.

NATIVITY OF CHRIST.

1. 11. 10. Heber.

Star of Bethlehem.
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Down from the regions of glory descend!
Shepherds, go worship, your King in the manger,
Lo! for his guard the bright angels attend.

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. 2 Cold on his cradle the dew-drops are shining,

Low lies his head with the beasts of the stall.,
Angels adore him in slumbers reclining,

Maker, Preserver, and Sovereign of all.
3 Say, shall we yield him, in costly devotion,

Myrrh from the forest, and gold from the mine,
Gems of the mountain, and pearls of the ocean,

Odours of Edom,-or offerings divine ? 4 Vainly we offer each costly oblation,

Vainly with gold would his favour procure,
Richer by far is the heart's adoration,
Dearer to God are the prayers of the poor.

2. ll's. Relief Hymns.

Advent of the Saviour.
E nations exult, for salvation is nigh;

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sky;

The time is arriv'd by Jehovah's decree,

When the walkers in darkness his glory shall see. 2 No longer by types or in shadows conceala,

In light and in truth is redemption reveald;
No longer to tribe or to region confin'd,

The promise of God is display'd to mankind. 3 The angels beheld it-with joy who survey

The sinner that turns from the guilt of his wayAnd voices celestial an anthem began,

Of glory to God, and of mercy to man.
4 Ye lands of the Gentile, re-echo the strain!

Break forth into singing, ye isles of the main!
The winds to your shores the glad tidings shall bring:

Rejoice in your Saviour! rejoice in your King! 5 The word is gone forth, and the heathen around,

The farthest, and fiercest, shall joy in the sound; All nations, all tongues, shall in unison raise

One hymn to their Maker,- one chorus of praise. 6 Then glory to Him, the great Father above,

Who sent with such blessings the Son of his love; And glory to Him who came down from on high, To save, and to suffer, to triumph, and die.

3. Anon. Unto you is born this day-a Saviour. Luke ii. 11.

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To Bethlehem haste, the Lord of life to meet ; To you this day is born a Prince and Saviour,

0! come, and let us worship at his feet. 2 O Jesus! for such wondrous condescension,

Our praises and rev’rence are an offering meet: Now is the Word made flesh, and dwells among us!

O! come, and let us worship at his feet.
3 Shout his almighty name, ye choirs of angels,

And let the celestial courts his praise repeat!
Unto our God be glory in the highest!
O! come, and let us worship at his feet.

4. Altered. The Message of the Angels to the Shepherds. And told the good news how the Babe was at

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Go, shepherds, and visit this wonderful stranger,

With transport go visit your God in the manger.
Hallelujah to the Lamb who hath purchas'd our pardon,
We'll praise him again when we pass over Jordan
2 Good tidings I bring to you and each nation,

'Good tidings of joy,-come, behold your salvation ;'
And sudden a multitude join their sweet voices,
And praise the Redeemer, while heaven rejoices.

Hallelujah, &c.
3 .All glory to God in the highest be given,

• All glory to Gou, let it echo through heaven,'-
Around the whole earth let us tell the sweet story,
And sing of his love, his salvation and glory.

Hallelujah, &c.
4 Enraptur'd, I burn with delight and desire,

Such love se divine sets my soul all on fire -
Around the bright throne loud hosannas are ringing,
O when shall I join them, and be ever singing ?

Hallelujah, &c. 5 O Jesus, ride on, thy kingdom is glorious, Over sin, death, and hell, thou wilt make us vieto

rious, Thy name shall be prais'd in the great congregation, And saints shall delight in ascribing salvation.

Hallelujah, &c. 6 When on Canaan we stand, having gain'd the blest

shore, With harps in our hands we'll praise Him evermore; We'll range the blest fields on the banks of the river, And sing hallelujah for ever and ever.

Hallelujah, &c.

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