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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!
He comes ! the promised Saviour comes !

Your glad hosannas bring.
“ Glory to God on high ;

And heavenly peace on earth;
Good-will to man,” with angels sing,

At your Redeemer's birth.

Christmas Day.

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;
Rise to adore the mystery of love,
Which hosts of angels chanted from above:
With them the joyful tidings first begun,

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

To all the joyful tidings they proclaim,

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,
Till man's first heavenly state again takes

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.

(4. 7.)

1 HARK! the herald angels sing,

“ Glory to the new-born King;
“ Glory in the highest heaven,
“Peace on earth, and man forgiven.”

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!
Light and life to all He brings,
Risen with healing in His wings.

4 Lo! He lays His glories by,

Born, that man no more may die;
Born, to raise the sons of earth,

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;
Ye, who sang creation's story,
Now proclaim Messiah's birth :

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;
Seek the great Desire of nations,
Ye have seen His natal star :

Come and worship.
Worship Christ, the new-born King.

3 Sageshter visi Desire Otal star :

4 Saints, before the altar bending,

Waiting long with hope and fear,
Suddenly the Lord, descending,
In His temple shall appear :

Come and worship,
Worship Christ, the new-born King.
5 Sinners, wrung with true repentance,

Doom'd for guilt to endless pains,
Justice now repeals the sentence,
Mercy calls you,-break your chains :

Come and worship,
Worship Christ, the new-born King.

39. Praise for the birth of Christ.

c. M.

1 High let us swell our tuneful notes,

And join the' angelic throng,
For angels no such love have known,

To awake a cheerful song.

2 Good-will to sinful men is shown,

And peace on earth is given ;
For, lo ! the incarnate Saviour comes

With messages from heaven.

3 Justice and grace, with sweet accord,

His rising beams ador;
Let heaven and earth in concert join,

To us a Child is born.

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