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Advent.
30. Advent Hymn. (2. 8. & 2.7.)
1 LAMB of God, that in the bosom

Of the Father dwellest high,
Deign to visit humble sinners,

From thy rest above the sky. 2 God incarnate, leave thy glory,

Nor abhor the virgin's womb : Spread salvation like a river;

Jesus, let thy kingdom come. 3 Shepherds, did ye hear Him coming,

Whilst ye kept your flocks by night? Did ye see His star in heaven

Blaze with new-created light?
4 Haste, ye Magi, come and worship,

See the orient star before ;
Bring your presents, gold and spices,

Blest Arabia's balmy store. 5 All ye joyous hosts of heaven,

Loudly speak the Saviour's praise ;
Saints and angels, in full chorus,

Your seraphic voices raise.
6 Come, O come, your hallelujahs,

In wide echoing songs proclaim; Heaven and earth, with joy resounding,

Praise the blest Redeemer's name.

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1 Lo! He comes with clouds descending,

Once for favour'd sinners slain,
Thousand thousand saints attending
Swell the triumph of His train :

Hallelujah!
Christ in glory comes to reign.

2 Every eye shall now behold Him,

Robed in dreadful majesty ;
Those, who set at nought and sold Him,
Pierc'd and nail'd Him to the tree,

Deeply wailing,
Shall the true Messiah see.

3 Blest redemption, long expected !

See! His solemn pomp to share,
All His saints by men rejected,
Rise to meet Him in the air:

Hallelujah!
See the Son of God is there.

4 Yea, Amen! let all adore Thee

High on thine eternal throne;
Saviour ! take the power and glory,
Make thy righteous sentence known.

O! come quickly,
Claim the kingdoms for thine own.

32. The advent of Christ a ground of joy. C. M. 1 Hark the glad sound! the Saviour comes,

The Saviour promis'd long; Let every heart exult in praise,

And every voice in song.
2 He comes, the prisoners to release,

In Satan's bondage held;
The gates of brass before Him break,

The iron fetters yield.
3 He comes, from thickest films of sin

To clear the inward sight,
And on the eye in darkness clos'd,

To pour celestial light.
4 He comes to bind the broken heart,

To make the wounded whole;
To preach glad tidings to the meek,

And bless the humble soul.
5 Our glad hosannas, Prince of Peace !

Thine advent shall proclaim;
And earth and heaven shall join to sing

The glories of thy name.

33. The coming of Christ ground of universal joy.

Ps. 98. C. M
1 Joy to the world! the Lord is come!

Let earth receive her King:
Let every heart prepare Him room,

Let all creation sing.

2 Ye saints, rejoice, the Saviour reigns !

In praise your tongues employ: Floods, clap your hands; exult, ye plains;

And shout, ye hills, for joy.
3 Behold, He comes ! He comes to bless

The nations as their God;
To shew the world His righteousness,

And send His truth abroad.
4 No more let sins and sorrows grow,

Nor thorns infest the ground :
He comes to make His blessings flow,

Far as the curse is found.
5 Joy to the world ! the Lord is come !

Let earth receive her King:
Let every heart prepare Him room,

Let all creation sing.

34. The extent of Christ's kingdom. Ps. 72.

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1 Our Lord shall reign, where'er the sun

Doth his successive journies run:
His kingdom stretch from shore to shore,

Till moons shall wax and wane no more. 2 To Him shall endless prayer be made,

And princes throng to crown His head; His name like sweet perfume shall rise, With every morning sacrifice.

3 People and realms of every tongue

Dwell on His love with sweetest song;
And infant voices shall proclaim
Their early blessings on His name.

4 Blessings abound where'er He reigns,

The prisoner leaps to burst his chains ;
The weary find eternal rest,
And all the sons of want are blest.

5 Let every creature rise, and bring

Peculiar honours to our King;
Angels descend with songs again,
And earth repeat the loud Amen.

35. Hosanna to the Son of David. D. s. M. 1 BEHOLD the Prince of Life,

The chosen of the Lord !
God's well-beloved Son fulfils

The sure prophetic word.
Cloth'd with no pompous state,

He seeks no earthly throne;
By meekness, patience, truth and love,

His dignity is shown.

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He comes, the Light of men !
His doctrine life imparts;
O may we feel its quickening power,

To purify our hearts.

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