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“Nevertheless, I live, yet not I, but CHR1st liveth in me, and the life which I now live in the flesh, I live by the faith of the SoN of GoD, Who loved me, and gave Himself for me.” 141. WHY, SAviour, dost Thou come Descending from the sky? Canst Thou have left Thy heavenly home Again for man to die?
Or see we drawing near
The dreadful day of doom,
The guilty to consume?
On milder vengeance bent,
Thou camest from above,
And slaughter change to love.
The spoiler fallen lies
Before Thy glorious ray,
The flock he sought to slay.
From all the Heavenly host,
And all on earth below,
Let endless praises flow.
“Behold, I will send My messenger, and he shall prepare the way before Me; and the Lord, Whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to His temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom yedelight in. Behold, He shall come, saith the Lord of Hosts.
142. O SION open wide thy gates;
No more the simple flock shall bleed—
Himself to His own altar comes,
Conscious of hidden Deity,
Her new-born Babe, with two young doves,
The hoary Simeon sees at last
And hails, with Anna, Israel's Hope,
But silent knelt the mother blest,
And pondering all things in her heart,
Praise to the FATHER and the SoN ;
Praise to the blessed Three in One,
“Let your loins be girded about, and your lights burning, and ye yourselves like unto men that wait for their Lord.” 143. SWEET incense breathes around, The coming LORD to greet; And Sion, through her sacred bound, Awakes her GOD to meet, Arise ye then, ye wakeful quires, And early light your altar fires.
Let faith with glistening eye,
More blessed far yon dying seer,
And He, Whom here by faith we see,
Shall our eternal portion be.
To GoD the FATHER, SoN,
“Sing and rejoice, O daughter of Sion, forlo, I come, and I will dwell in the midst of thee, saith the Lord.”
144. THIS is the day, the solemn day,
Which GoD appointed to convey,
Our parents' guilt, our parents’ fall,
Yea, He Who was the Eternal's SoN,
He took on Him our mortal state,
Yes, He, the infinite great GoD,
Redeemer of the world, to Thee
“Who being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God ; but made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men, and was found in fashion as a man.”
145. CAST out from Eden's happy home,
Lo! Heaven's own King doth Heaven forsake,
The wanderers His hand doth guide,
O Thou Supreme, Eternal GoD,
“O Sion, that bringest good tidings, get thee up into the high mountain; lift up thy voice with strength, lift it up, be not afraid, say unto the cities of Judah, Behold'your GoD !” 146. Lo, from the desert homes Where he hath hid so long,
The new Elias comes,
Your GoD e'en now doth stand,
Ye haughty mountains, bow
Let thy dread voice around,
O GoD, with love's sweet might,