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The Mysteries of Providence.
4 He knows the pains his servants feel ;
He hears his children cry;
His grace is ever nigh.
From men of heart sincere:
Is join'd with holy fear.
And pierce their hearts with pain;
They sought his aid in vain.
And spread his name abroad:
The honours of their God.
HYMN 36. C.M. The Mysteries of Providence founded in Wis
dom and Goodness.
God moves in a mysterious way,
His wonders to perform ;
And rides upon the storm. 2 Deep in unfathomable mines
Of never-failing skill,
And works his sovereign will.
The clouds ye so much dread,
In blessings on your head.
But trust him for his grace: Behind a frowning providence,
He hides a smiling face.
God our Portion in Adversity.
5 His purposes will ripen fast,
Unfolding ev'ry hour:
But sweet will be the fiower. 6 Blind unbelief is sure to err,
And scan his work in vain : God is his own interpreter,
And he will make it plain.
God our Portion in Adversity.
Extend her desolating reign;
Nor autumn swell the fruitful grain : 2 Should lowing herds and bleating sheep
Arowid their famish'd master die;
While life deplores its last supply: 3 Amid the dark, the dreadful scene,
If I car: say, The Lord is mine!
And glory dawn, though life dccline. 4 The God of my salvation lives;
My nobler life he will sustain:
Nor shall my glorious hope be vain.
Though every earthly comfort die;
And raise my sacred pleasures high. 6 Oh, let me hear thy blissful voice,
Inspiring life and joys divine;
The Birth of Christ.
SECTION II. THE INCARNATION, ETC.; OFFICES AND CHARACTERS OF CHRIST.
HYMN 38. 8-7's.
The Birth of Christ. Hark! the herald angels sing, “ Glory to the new-born King! " Peace on earth, and mercy mild, “God to sinners reconciled." Joyful all ye nations rise, Join the triumphs of the skies : With the angelic host proclaim,
“Christ is born in Bethlehem.”
Christ, the everlasting Lord;
Jesus, our Immanuel here.
Hail the Sun of Righteousness!
Born, to give immortal birth.
Fix in us thy humble home:
Paraphrase on Isaiah ix. 6.
Hymy 39. C.M.
The Advent of Christ. Hark! the glad sound, the Saviour comes,
The Saviour promised long; Let every heart prepare a throne,
And every voice a song.
Exerts his sacred fire;
His holy breast inspire.
In Satan's bondage held :
The iron fetters yield.
To clear the mental ray;
To pour celestial day.
The bleeding soul to cure;
T'enrich the humble poor.
Thy welcome shall proclaim; And heaven's eternal arches ring With thy beloved name. DODDRIDGE.
HYMN 40. 4-7's.
Paraphrase on Isaiah ix 6.
Unto us a Son is given.
Power and majesty, and wear
The Truth of Christ's Mision.
3 Wonderful in counsel, He,
The incarnate Deity:
King of kings, and Prince of Peace. . 4 Come and worship at his feet,
Yield to Christ the homage meet,
HYMN 41. 4-7 8.
The Nativity of Christ. Come, ye saints, this morn behold! Israel's Saviour-long foretold : Christ is born-Messiah comes !
Bear the tidings to your homes. 2 Born on earth, a babe of years,
Lo ! the Son of God appears!
Your Messiah comes, ve Jews!
“Your salvation draweth nigh.”
From the ransom'd to the skies.
HYMN 42. L.M.