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“Glad tidings of great joy I bring
To you and all mankind.
Is born, of David's line,
And this shall be the sign :-
To human view displayed,
And in a manger laid."
Appeared a shining throng
Addressed their joyful song : — 6 “All glory be to God on high,
And to the earth be peace !
Begin and never cease.” 219.
E. H. SEARS. Christmas Hymn. 1 CALM on the listening ear of night
Come heaven's melodious strains,
Her silver-mantled plains !
Shed sacred glories there ;
Make music on the air.
Send back the glad reply ;
The dayspring from on high. 4 O'er the blue depths of Galilee There comes a holier calm,
And Sharon waves, in solemn praise,
Her silent groves of palm.
Loud with their anthems ring ; -
From heaven's Eternal King!” 6 Light on thy hills, Jerusalem!
The Saviour now is born !
Breaks the first Christmas morn. 220. 7. M.
Report of the Watchman.
What its signs of promise are.
See that glory-beaming star.
Aught of hope or joy foretell ?
Promised day of Israel.
Higher yet that star ascends.
Peace and truth, its course portends.
Gild the spot that gave them birth ?
See, it bursts o'er all the earth.
For the morning seems to dawn.
Doubt and terror are withdrawn.
SPIRIT OF THE PSALMS.
Traveller ! lo ! the Prince of Peace,
Lo! the Son of God, is come. 221.
C. M. Spirit of The Psalus.
The guiding Star.
With mild, benignant ray,
Where our Redeemer lay.
Now points to his abode ;
To guide us to our Lord.
The gracious call obey,
The Christian's destined way.
While light and grace are given ;
Shall reign with him in heaven. 222. . 7s. M. Spirit of The Psalms.
Birth of Christ.
Tell it forth from earth to heaven,
That to us a son is given.
Chanted at the wondrous birth;
Peace, — good-will to man on earth.”
To the chorus of the sky;
C. M. S. W. LIVERMORE.
The Coming of Christ.
Was once by angels sung ;
Through plains of Bethlehem rung.
To heal the deaf and blind,
And free the captive mind.
The true and living way ;
And lead to endless day.
Our churches echo still ;
And with its spirit fill.
O, haste the happy time,
O’er every distant clime. 224. 7s. M.
M. W. HALE.
Darkness kept its deathlike sleep ;
Light in wondrous beauty broke.
Gilded Bethlehem's lonely night,
Angels, bending from above,
Joined that strain of holy love.
Comes to us that song sublime,
Words to soothe, sustain, and cheer.
Praise to thee, thou God of might !
For the Sun of Righteousness ! 225.
C. P. M. Miss Roscoz.
And bail a Saviour's birth :
To bless the sons of earth.
To bind the broken heart,
The heavenly gist impart.
And chase our fears away ;
Where reigns eternal day. 226.
H. M. SALISBURY COLL.
The Song of Angels.