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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,
When Thou the Avenger shalt appear,

The guilty to consume?

On milder vengeance bent,

Thou camest from above,
To bid the hardened heart relent,

And slaughter change to love.

The spoiler fallen lies

Before Thy glorious ray,
A shepherd of the flock to rise,_

The flock he sought to slay.

From all the Heavenly host,

And all on earth below,
To FATHER, SoN, and Holy GHOST,

Let endless praises flow.

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“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;
Let figures disappear,
A Priest and Victim both in one,
The Truth Himself is here.

No more the simple flock shall bleed—
Behold, the FATHER's SoN

Himself to His own altar comes,
For sinners to atone.

Conscious of hidden Deity,
The lowly Virgin brings

Her new-born Babe, with two young doves,
Her tender offerings.

The hoary Simeon sees at last
His LORD so long desired,

And hails, with Anna, Israel's Hope,
With sudden rapture fired.

But silent knelt the mother blest,
Of the yet silent Word;

And pondering all things in her heart,
With speechless praise adored.

Praise to the FATHER and the SoN ;
Praise to the SPIRIT be;

Praise to the blessed Three in One,
Through all eternity.

“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,
Trim up her torch so bright;
And flame-encircled charity
Breathe out her glowing light;
And white-robed innocence be there,
To pour its sweetest incense prayer.

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More blessed far yon dying seer,
Be ours his parting song;

And He, Whom here by faith we see,

Shall our eternal portion be.

To GoD the FATHER, SoN,
And SPIRIT, glory be;
To the eternal Three in One,
To all eternity!
Blest TRINITY, to Thee we raise
Our joyous hearts in ceaseless praise.

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“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,
Such news as made our sorrows cease
Glad news of mercy and of peace.

Our parents' guilt, our parents’ fall,
To certain death consigned us all ;
From certain death mankind to save,
His only SoN JEHovah gave.

Yea, He Who was the Eternal's SoN,
Ere time had yet its course begun,
Our life of pain and weakness bore,
Nor did the Virgin's womb abhor.

He took on Him our mortal state,
That He might bear the sinner's fate,
That so His Blood in ransom given,
Might take away the wrath of Heaven.

Yes, He, the infinite great GoD,
In human flesh awhile abode,
That we might high in glory dwell
He came as our Immanuel.

Redeemer of the world, to Thee
All praise and glory rendered be;
And to the FATHER, King of Heaven,
And Holy GHOST, all praise be given.

“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,
Through earth's bleak wilderness to roam,
In deepest gloom our guilty race
Wandered afar from light and grace.

Lo! Heaven's own King doth Heaven forsake,
A Body to Himself doth take,
And thus to lead the exiles home,
To share their banishment is come.

The wanderers His hand doth guide,
Upholds them lest their footsteps slide;
Himself the Way, their path to tend,
And bring them to Himself, the End.

O Thou Supreme, Eternal GoD,
Now veiled in mortal flesh and blood,
Give us pure hearts, that we may see
Thy hidden Light of Deity
Incarnate SAVIOUR, GoD and Friend,
To Thee adoring praise ascend!
Like praise be to the FATHER given,
And Holy GHOST, in earth and Heaven.

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“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,
In sternest wisdom strong.
The voice that cries
Of CHRIST from high,
And judgment nigh
From opening skies.

Your GoD e'en now doth stand,
Within heaven's opening door,
His fan is in His hand,
And He will purge His floor;
The wheat He claims
And with Him stows,
The chaff He throws
To quenchless flames.

Ye haughty mountains, bow
Your sky-aspiring heads;
Ye valleys, hiding low,
Lift up your gentle meads,
Make His ways plain,
Your King before,
For evermore
He comes to reign.

Let thy dread voice around,
Thou Harbinger of Light,
On our dull ears still sound,
Lest here we sleep in night,
Till judgment come,
And on our path
Shall burst the wrath,
And deathless doom.

O GoD, with love's sweet might,
Who dost anoint and arm
CHRIST's soldiers for the fight
With spells that shield from harm,
Thrice blessed Three,
Heaven's endless days
Shall sing Thy praise
Eternally. -

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