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The least of all that here attend
Hath honour greater far than he ;

He was the Bridegroom's joyful friend,
His Body and His Spouse are we.

A higher race, the sons of light,

Of water and the Spirit born;

He the last star of parting night,
And we the children of the morn.

And as he boldly spake Thy word,
And joy'd to hear the Bridegroom's voice,

Thus may Thy pastors teach, O Lord,
And thus Thy list'ning Church rejoices

To FATHER, SoN, and Holy GHosT,
The GoD Whom Heaven and earth adore,

Be glory, as it was of old,
Is now, and shall be evermore.

The following Anthems are to be used at Evening Prayer after the Third Collect.

ll. Dec. 16. O WISDOM, Which camest out of the mouth of the Most High, reaching from one end to another, oil, and sweetly ordering all things; Come and teach us the way of understanding.

12. Dec. 17. O LORD and Ruler of the house of Israel, Who appearedst to Moses in a flame of fire in the bush, and gavest him the law in Sinai; Come and deliver us with an outstretched arm.

13. Dec. 18. O Root of Jesse, Which standest for an ensign

of the people, at Whom the kings shall shut their

mouths, Thou to Whom the Gentiles shall seek;

Come and deliver us now, tarry not.

14. Dec. 19.

O KEY of David, and Sceptre of the house of Israel, Thou that openest and no man shutteth, and shuttest and no man openeth; Come and bring the prisoner out of the prison-house, and him that sitteth in darkness and in the shadow of death.

15. Dec. 20.

O ORIENT Brightness of the Everlasting Light, and Sun of Righteousness; Come and enlighten them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death.

16. Dec. 22.

O KING and Desire of all nations, Thou Cornerstone, Who hast made both one; Come and save man, whom Thou formedst from the clay.

17. Dec. 23.

O. EMMANUEL, our King and Lawgiver, Hope of the Gentiles, and their SAVIOUR; Come and save us, O LORD our GoD.

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* Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass.”

18. YE faithful, approach ye,

Joyfully triumphing,

O come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem;
Come and behold Him
Born the King of Angels:
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,

O come, let us adore Him, CHRIST the LoRD.

GoD of GoD,

Light of Light,
Lo, He abhors not the Virgin's Womb;

Very GoD,

Begotten, not created:

O come, let us adore Him,

O come, let us adore Him, O come, let us adore Him, CHRIST the LORD.

Sing, choirs of Angels,

Sing in exultation, Sing, all ye citizens of Heav'n above,

Glory to GoD

In the Highest:

O come, let us adore Him,

O come, let us adore Him, O come, let us adore Him, CHRIST the LORD.

Yea, LORD, we greet Thee, Born this happy morning: JESU, to Thee be glory given, Word of the FATHER Late in flesh appearing: O come, let us adore #in, O come, let us adore Him, O come, let us adore Him, CHRIST the LORD.

“The Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us.” 19. JESU, Redeemer of the world! Who in the earliest dawn of Light Wast from eternal ages born, Immense in glory as in might.. Immortal Hope of all mankind! In Whom the FATHER's face we see, Hear Thou the prayers Thy people pour This day throughout the world to Thee.

Remember, O Creator LoRD !
That in the Virgin's sacred womb

Thou wast conceiv'd, and of her flesh
Didst our mortality assume.

This ever-blest recurring day
Its witness bears that all alone

From Thy Own FATHER's bosom forth
To save the world Thou camest down.

O Day! to which the seas and sk
And earth and Heav'n, glad welcome sing,

O Day! which heal’d our misery, -
And brought on earth salvation's King."

We too, O LORD, who have been cleansed
In Thy Own fount of Blood divine,

Offer the tribute of sweet song
On this blest natal day of Thine.

O JESU, born of Virgin bright,
Immortal glory be to Thee,

Praise to the FATHER infinite,
And Holy GHOST eternally.

“He took upon Him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of man.”

2O. FROM far sunrise at early morn

To earth's remotest ring,
Of Mary Virgin-Mother born
We carol CHRIST our King.

He comes the world's blest Maker He
In servile guise arrayed,

By Flesh our sin-bound flesh to free
And save the souls He made.

Abhorring not the hay-strewn shed,
In manger, lo, He lies;

With little drops of milk is fed,
Who stills creation's cries.

The Heavenly hosts. His Birthday keep,
The Angels round Him sing,

The Shepherds view with wonder deep
Earth's Shepherd, LoRD, and King.

JESU, the Virgin-Mother's SoN,
To Thee all glory be,

With FATHER, SPIRIT, Three in One,
Through all eternity.

* God sentforth His SoN, made of a woman, Let all the Angels of God worship Him.”

21. CEASE, weary mortals, cease to sigh,
For GoD hath heard you from on high:
E’en now He sendeth from above
The Prince of Peace, the LORD of Love.

The silence of the night profound
Is broken by a heavenly sound;
The Angel host to mortal ear
Announcing that the LORD is near.

So while the Shepherds' feet are led
Within the SAviour's lowly shed

We too will contemplate the sight,
The wonder that is brought to §t.

Thither in fancy we repair:
We enter in : what see we there P
A stall, a manger rudely piled,
A Mother, and an Infant Child.

Can this be He, the LoRD of Grace,
The Brightness of His FATHER's Face?

Can this be He, Who rules the land,

And holds the ocean in His Hand?

It is: Faith penetrates the clouds,
The darkness that His glory shrouds:
It is indeed the Mighty LoRD,
By Angels worshipp'd and ador'd.

E’en here the Teacher we discern:
E’en now the lesson we may learn :
With Him, from worldly pride be pure;
Meekly with Him, thy woes endure.

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