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4 Glory to God in highest strains,

In highest worlds be paid ; His glory by our lips proclaim'd,

And by our lives display'd.
5 O! may we reach those blissful realms

Where Christ exalted reigns ;
And learn of the celestial choir

Their own immortal strains.

40. The Angel's Song at the Birth of Christ.

LUKE ii. 8–15. c. M. 1 WHILE shepherds watch'd their flocks by

night,
All seated on the ground,
The angel of the Lord came down,

And glory shone around.
2 “Fear not,” said he--for mighty dread

Had seized their troubled mind“ Glad tidings of great joy I bring

To you and all mankind.”
3 “ To you, in David's town, this day

Is born of David's line,
The Saviour who is Christ the Lord,

And this shall be the sign : 4 “ The heavenly Babe you there shall find,

“ To human view display'd,
“ All meanly wrapt in swathing bands,

“And in a manger laid.”

5 Thus spake the seraph, and forthwith

Appear'd a shining throng
Of angels, praising God; who thus

Address'd their joyful song: 6. “All glory be to God on high,

“ And to the earth be peace: “Goodwill,henceforth,from Heaven to men,

“Begin and never cease.”

New Year.

41. Reflections on the New Year. (8. 7.) 1 While, with ceaseless course, the sun

Hasted through the former year,
Many souls their race have run,
Never more to meet us here:
Fix'd in an eternal state,
They have fled from all below;
We a little longer wait,

But how little none can know. 2 As the winged arrow flies,

Swift its destin'd mark to find;
As the lightning from the skies
Darts, and leaves no trace behind ;
Thus with speed our fleeting days
Bear us down life's rapid stream:
Lord! on high our wishes raise;
All on earth is but a dream.

3 Thanks for mercies past receive;

Pardon of our sins renew;
Teach us henceforth how to live,
With eternity in view:
Guide the young and warn the old;
Bid all seek the Saviour's love;
So, when life's brief tale is told,
All shall dwell with Thee above.

42. Spared another Year. (4. 6 & 2. 8.) 1 The Lord of earth and sky,

The God of ages praise;
Who reigns enthron'd on high, .

Ancient of endless days;
Who lengthens out our trial here,

And spares us yet another year ! 2 Barren and wither'd trees,

We cumber'd long the ground;
No fruit of holiness

On our dead souls we found:
Yet doth He us in mercy spare,

Another, and another year.
3 When justice bared the sword,

To cut the fig-tree down,
The pity of our Lord

Cried, “Let it still alone:”
The Father mild inclin'd His ear,
And spar'd us yet another year.

4 Jesus ! thy speaking blood

From God obtain'd the grace,
Who therefore hath bestowed

On us a longer space:
Thou didst in our behalf appear,
And, lo, we see another year.

5 Then dig about our root,

Break up our fallow-ground,
And let our gracious fruit

To thy great praise abound :
O let us all thy praise declare,
And fruit unto perfection bear!

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1 God of our life, thy constant care

With blessings crowns the opening year :
Our fleeting days Thou dost prolong,
And wak'st anew our annual song.

2 How many, many souls have fled

To the vast regions of the dead,
Since from this day the changing sun
Through his last yearly period run.

3 We yet survive! but who can say,

Or through the year, or month, or day,
They will retain the vital breath,
Thus far at least in league with death?

4 To Thee our spirits we resign,

Make them and own them still as thine;
So shall they smile secure from fear,
Though death should blast the rising year.

44. The uncertainty of life a reason for continual

watchfulness. s. M.

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1 TO-MORROW, Lord, is thine:

Lodg’d in thy sovereign hand,
And, if its sun arise and shine,

It shines by thy command. 2 The present moment flies,

And bears our life away;
0! may thy servants, truly wise,

Improve each passing day.
3 Since on each winged hour

Eternity is hung,
Awaken, by thy mighty power,

The aged and the young.
One thing demands our care;-

Be that one thing pursued;
Lest, now despis’d, we never hear

Thy pardoning voice renew'd. 5 Teach us thy name to fear;

Spread an alarm abroad! And cry, in every careless ear,

“Prepare to meet thy God!"

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