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Cheer'd by its beams our souls
Shall run the heavenly way; The path, which Christ hath mark'd and trod,
Leads to eternal day. 3 Prepare the song of praise,
To hail th' incarnate King!
Your glad hosannas bring.
And heavenly peace on earth;
At your Redeemer's birth.
36. The angels appearing to the shepherds Luke ii. 8.&c.
(6. 10.) 1 CHRISTIANS awake! salute the happy morn,
Whereon the Saviour of mankind was born;
Of God Incarnate, and the Virgin's Son. 2 Then to the watchful shepherds it was told, Who heard the angelic herald's voice,
“Behold, “I bring good tidings of a Saviour's birth, “ To you, and all the nations upon earth; “ This day hath God fulfill'd His promis'd
word, “ This day is bom a Saviour, Christ the
Lord.” 3 He spake; and straightway the celestial
choir, In hymns of joy unknown before conspire; The praises of redeeming love they sang, And heaven's whole orb with hallelujahs
rang; God's highest glory was their anthem still, “Peace upon earth, and unto men good
will." 4 To Bethlehem straight the enlightened
shepherds ran, To see the wonders God had wrought for
man; Then to their flocks, still praising God, re
turn, And their glad hearts within their bosoms
The first Apostles of the Saviour's fame. 5 O may we keep and ponder in our mind God's wondrous love in saving lost man
kind; Trace we the Babe, who hath retriev'd
our loss, From the poor manger to the bitter cross;
Tread in His steps, assisted by His grace,
place. 6 Then may we hope, the angelic hosts
among, To join, redeem'd, a glad triumphant
throng: He that was born upon this joyful day, Around us all His glory shall display : Saved by His love incessant we shall sing Eternal praise to heaven's Almighty King.
37. The birth of Christ.
1 HARK! the herald angels sing,
“ Glory to the new-born King;
2 Joyful, all ye nations, rise,
Join the triumph of the skies; With the angelic host proclaim, “ Christ is born at Bethlehem !”.
3 Hail the heaven-born Prince of Peace!
Hail the Sun of righteousness!
4 Lo! He lays His glories by,
Born, that man no more may die;
Born, to give them second birth. 5 Let us then with angels sing,
“ Glory to the new-born King; “ Glory in the highest heaven, “ Peace on earth and man forgiven.”
38. Invitation to worship Christ. P. M. 1 ANGELS, from the realms of glory,
Wing your flight o’er all the earth;
Come and worship, Worship Christ, the new-born King. 2 Shepherds, in the field abiding,
Watching o'er your flocks by night, God with man is now residing; Yonder shines the infant light:
Come and worship, Worship Christ, the new-born King. 3 Sages, leave your contemplations,
Brighter visions beam afar;
Come and worship.
3 Sageshter visi Desire Otal star :
4 Saints, before the altar bending,
Waiting long with hope and fear,
Come and worship,
Doom'd for guilt to endless pains,
Come and worship,
39. Praise for the birth of Christ.
1 High let us swell our tuneful notes,
And join the' angelic throng,
To awake a cheerful song.
2 Good-will to sinful men is shown,
And peace on earth is given ;
With messages from heaven.
3 Justice and grace, with sweet accord,
His rising beams ador;
To us a Child is born.