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7. Fourth SUNDAY IN Advent. Grateful praise for the veracity of the Divine promises. (P. M.) 1 Praise the LORD! ye heav'ns, adore Him,

Praise Him, angels, in the height;
Sun and moon, rejoice before Him,

Praise Him, all ye stars and light.
Praise the LORD! for He hath spoken,

Worlds His mighty voice obey'd ;
Laws which never shall be broken,

For their guidance hath He made. 2 Praise the LORD! for He is glorious,

Never shall His promise fail ;
God hath made His saints victorious, :

Sin and death shall not prevail.
Praise the God of our Salvation ;

Hosts on high, His pow'r proclaim;
Heav'n and earth, and all creation,

Laud and magnify His name.



The birth of Christ. (P. M.)
i Hark! the herald angels sing

6 Glory to the new-born King,
Peace on earth, and mercy mild,
God and sinners reconcild.” —
2 Joyful, all ye nations, rise,

Join the triumphs of the skies;
With th' angelic host proclaim
“ Christ is born in Bethlehem."

3 Veil'd in flesh, the Godhead see ;

Hail the incarnate Deity!
Pleas'd as man with men to dwell,

Jesus, our Immanuel.
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 Ris'n with healing in His wings,

Light and life to all He brings,
Hail the heav'n-born “Prince of Peace!”

Hail the Sun of Righteousness ! 6 Let us then with angels sing,

“ Glory to the new-born King!
Peace on earth, and mercy mild,
God and sinners reconcil'd!”

Praise for the birth of Christ. (C. M.)
1 High let us swell our tuneful notes,

And join th' 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 adorn;
Let heav'n and earth in concert join,

To us a Child is born.
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.

10. FOR A THIRD SERVICE. Salvation by Christ. — Psal. lxxxv. (L. M.) i Salvation is for ever nigh

To those who fear and trust the Lord : And grace, descending from on high,

Fresh hopes of glory shall afford. I
2 Mercy and truth on earth are met,
Since CHRIST the Lord came down from

heav'n :
By His obedience full, complete,

Justice is pleas'd, and peace is giv'n.
3 Now truth and honour shall abound,
. Religion dwell on earth again;

And heav'nly influence bless the ground,
". In our REDEEMER's gentle reign. .
4 Pụre righteousness shall spread her wing

And to this lower earth descend :
Prepare Thy way, Eternal King !

And all Thy children's steps attend...

11. Reflection at the end of the Year. (G. M.)
1. And now, my soul, another year

Of thy short life is past;
Thou canst not long continue here,
And this may be thy last.

2 Much of thy dubious life is gone,

Nor will return again ;
And swift thy passing moments run, -

The few that yet remain.
3 Awake, my soul, with utmost care,

Thy true condition learn; What are thy hopes, how sure, how fair,

And what thy great concern? 4. Now a new scene of time begins,

Renew thy course for heav'n ; Seek pardon for thy former sins,

In CHRIST so freely given.
5 Devoutly yield thyself to God,

And on His grace depend,
With zeal pursue the heav'nly road,

Nor doubt a happy end.

12. Review of life, crowned with mercies. (C. M.) 1 When all Thy mercies, O my God,

My rising soul surveys,
Transported with the view, I'm lost

In wonder, love, and praise.
2 Unnumber'd comforts to my soul

Thy tender care bestow'd,
Before my infant heart conceiv'd

From whom those comforts flow'd. 3 When in the slipp'ry paths of youth

. With heedless steps I ran,.
Thine arm unseen conveyed me safe,

And led me up to man.

4 When worn by sickness, oft hast Thou

With health renew'd my face;
And when in sin and sorrow sunk,

Reviv'd my soul with grace.
5 Ten thousand thousand precious gifts

My daily thanks employ;
Nor is the least a cheerful heart,

That tastes those gifts with joy. 6 Through ev'ry period of my life,

Thy goodness I'll pursue ;
And after death in distant worlds

The glorious theme renew. 7 Through all eternity to Thee,

A joyful song I'll raise ;
But o, eternity's too short

To utter all Thy praise.

IV. NEW YEAR. 13. Supplicating Divine protection, — Gen. xxviii 20, 21

(C. M.)
i O God of Bethel ! by whose hand

Thy people still are fed ;
Who through this weary pilgrimage

Hast all our fathers led;

2 Our vows, our prayers, we now present

Before Thy throne of grace :
God of our fathers ! be the God .
Of their succeeding race..

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