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She who to earthly joys
So long had given farewell, Now sees, unlook'd for, Heaven on earth,
Christ in His Israel.
Wide open from that hour
The temple-gates are set,
The holy Child have met.
Now count his train to-day,
And who may meet him, learn : Him child-like sires, meek maidens find,
Where pride can nought discern.
Still to the lowly soul
He doth himself impart,
Chooseth the pure in heart.
ST. MATTHIAS' DAY.
Wherefore of these men, which have companied with us all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us; beginning from the baptism of John, until that same day that he was taken up from us ; must one be ordained to be a witness with us of his resurrection. Acts i. 21, 22.
WHO is God's chosen priest?
From Jordan banks to Bethphage height:
Who hath learn'd lowliness
To whom, for Christ, the world is loss ;
Who both in agony
Body and soul, to live and die,
In witness of his Lord,
Warring unharm’d with sin and fear.
But who can e'er suffice
The gift were too divine to ask,
But Thou hast made it sure By Thy dear promise to Thy Church and Bride, That Thou, on earth, would'st aye with her endure,
Till earth to Heaven be purified.
Thou art her only spouse, Whose arm supports her, on whose faithful breast Her persecuted head she meekly bows,
Sure pledge of her eternal rest.
Thou, her unerring guide,
That she may pass them undefild.
Who then, uncall’d by Thee,
Except thine hand and seal he shew ?
Where can thy seal be found,
As kings and priests thy war to wage ?
Then fearless walk we forth,
By our own shame alike and glory aw'd.
Dread Searcher of the hearts,
Else helpless found, learn and teach thy love.
THE ANNUNCIATION OF THE
BLESSED VIRGIN MARY.
And the Angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee, blessed art thou among women. St. Luke i. 28.
OH Thou who deign'st to sympathize
Maker yet Brother dear,
To gaze on Thee too near.
Yet sure 'twas not presumption, Lord,
That made the lesson known :
Most sacred, most thine own.