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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.
Where Christ exalted reigns ;
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
And glory shone around.
Had seized their troubled mind“ Glad tidings of great joy I bring
To you and all mankind.”
Is born of David's line,
And this shall be the sign : 4 “ The heavenly Babe you there shall find,
“ To human view display'd,
“And in a manger laid.”
5 Thus spake the seraph, and forthwith
Appear'd a shining throng
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.”
41. Reflections on the New Year. (8. 7.) 1 While, with ceaseless course, the sun
Hasted through the former year,
But how little none can know. 2 As the winged arrow flies,
Swift its destin'd mark to find;
3 Thanks for mercies past receive;
Pardon of our sins renew;
42. Spared another Year. (4. 6 & 2. 8.) 1 The Lord of earth and sky,
The God of ages praise;
Ancient of endless days;
And spares us yet another year ! 2 Barren and wither'd trees,
We cumber'd long the ground;
On our dead souls we found:
Another, and another year.
To cut the fig-tree down,
Cried, “Let it still alone:”
4 Jesus ! thy speaking blood
From God obtain'd the grace,
On us a longer space:
5 Then dig about our root,
Break up our fallow-ground,
To thy great praise abound :
1 God of our life, thy constant care
With blessings crowns the opening year :
2 How many, many souls have fled
To the vast regions of the dead,
3 We yet survive! but who can say,
Or through the year, or month, or day,
4 To Thee our spirits we resign,
Make them and own them still as thine;
44. The uncertainty of life a reason for continual
watchfulness. s. M.
1 TO-MORROW, Lord, is thine:
Lodg’d in thy sovereign hand,
It shines by thy command. 2 The present moment flies,
And bears our life away;
Improve each passing day.
Eternity is hung,
The aged and the young.
Be that one thing pursued;
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!"