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adorning, mf BRIGHTEST and best of the sons of dim Guide where our Infant Re. the morning,
deemer is laid. Dawn on our darkness, and lend
R. Heber. us Thine aid : Star of the East, the horizon 101
C.M. adorning, [deemer is laid. dim Guide where our Infant Re: mf THE race that long in darkness
pined p Cold on His cradle the dewdrops Have seen a glorious light ; are shining,
The people dwell in day, who dwelt Low lies His head with the dim In death's surrounding night. beasts of the stall ;
f To hail Thy rise, Thou better Sun, cresAngels adore Him, in slumber reclining,
The gathering nations come, f Maker, and Monarch, and Saviour
Joyous as when the reapers bear
The harvest-treasures home. mf Say, shall we yield Him, in costly devotion,
To us a Child of Hope is born,
To us a Son is given ;
Him shall the tribes of earth obey,
Him all the hosts of heaven. of the ocean, [from the mine? Myrrh from the forest, or gold His Name shall be the Prince of
Peace, Vainly we offer each ample obla
For evermore adored,
cres The Wonderful, the Counsellor, Vainly with gifts would His favour secure;
The great and mighty Lord. Richer. by far, is the heart's adora f His power increasing still shall
spread, Dearer to God are the prayers of His reign no end shall know : s Brightest and best of the sons of
Justice shall guard His throne the morning,
And Peace abound below.
4.---HIS CHILDHOOD. 102
The doctors of the law mf WITHIN the Father's house
Gaze on the wondrous Child, The Son hath found His home : And marvel at His gracious And to His temple suddenly
words The Lord of Life hath come.
Of wisdom undefiled.
Yet not to them is given dim Each dim revealing of Thyself
With loving awe to trace;
The cloud shall pass away,
And on the cleansèd soulshall burst
The everlasting day ; And faithful pondering hearts ff Till we behold Thy face, await
And know, as we are known, cres The full Epiphany.
Thee, Father, Son, and Holy Ghosty
Co-equal Three in One.
J. R. Woodford.
5.--HIS TEMPTATION. 103
C.M. mf With joy we meditate the grace
Of our High Priest above; mf LORD, Thou in all things like wast p His heart is made of tenderness,
made It overflows with love.
To us, yet free from sin ; Touched with a sympathy within,
p Then how unlike to us, O Lord, He knows our feeble frame;
Replies the voice within.
cres Clear Thou our clouded view ;
That, Son of Man, and Son of God, mf But spotless, innocent, and pure,
We give Thee honour due. The great Redeemer stood, f While Satan's fiery darts He bore, p O Son of Man I Thyself hast proved And did resist to blood.
Our trials and our tears; (repose, p He, in the days of feeble flesh,
Life's thankless toil, and scant Poured out His cries and tears ;
Death's agonies and fears. And in His measure feels afresh f O Son of God I in glory raised, What every member bears.
Thou sittest on Thy throne : mf He'll neverquench the smoking flax, Thence, by Thy pleadings, and But raise it to a flame
Thy grace, dimThe bruised 1 Jed He never breaks, Still succouring Thine own. Nor scorns the meanest name.
mf Brother and Saviour, Friend and mf Then let our humble faith address
To Thee, O Christ, be given cresWe shall obtain delivering grace To bind upon Thy crown the names In the distressing hour.
Most blest in earth and heaven, 1. Watts, v. 1, 1. 4 altd.
6.-HIS HUMAN LIFE AND HUMILIATION. 105 220.127.116.11., double. 106
L.M. p Who is this, so weak and helpless, mf O who like Thee, so calm, so bright, Child of lowly Hebrew maid,
Thou Son of man, Thou Light of Rudely in a stable sheltered,
light! Coldly in a manger laid ?
O who like Thee did ever go f 'Tis the Lord of all creation,
So patient through a world of woe! Who this wondrous path bath mp0 who like Thee so humbly bore trod;
The scorn, the scoffs of men before ; He is God from everlasting,
So meek, forgiving, Godlike, high, And to everlasting, God.
So glorious in humility ! p Who is this, a Man of sorrows
[p Andall Thy life's unchanging years, Walking sadly life's hard way, A man of sorrows and of tears, Homeless, weary, sighing, weeping The cross, where all our sins were Over sin and Satan's sway?
[weighed; f 'Tis our God, our glorious Saviour, Upon Thy bending shoulders
Who above the starry sky Now for us a place prepareth,
pp And death that sets the prisoners
free, Where no tear can dim the eye.
and scoff, and scorn to p Who is this-behold Him shedding
[glowed, Drops of blood upon the ground? cresYet love through all Thy torture Who is this-despised, rejected,
And mercy with Thy life-blood Mocked, insulted, beaten, bound ?
flowed.] f 'Tis our God, Who gifts and graces mf 0 wondrous Lord, our souls would On His Church now poureth be
Still more and more conformed to Who shall smite in holy vengeance Would lose the pride, the taint of All His foes beneath His throne.
That burns these fevered veins ?? Who is this that hangeth dying, While the rude world scoffs and mp And learn of Thee, the lowly One,
And like Thee, all our journey run, scors, Numbe with the malefactors,
Above the world, and all its mirth, Torn with nails and crowned Yet weeping still with weeping with thorns ?
earth. f 'Tis the God Who ever liveth f Oh in this light be mine to go,
'Mid the shining ones on high, Illuming all my way of woe; In the glorious golden city
And give us ever on the road
To trace Thy footsteps, O my God.
A. C. Core.
dimThese burdens sore the Lord did L.M.
bear, mf Thou Son of God and Son of man,
These tears the Lord did weep. Beloved, adored Immanuel ; Who didst, before all time began,
cresOur very frailty brings us near
Unto the Lord of Heaven; In glory with Thy Father dwell ;-
To every grief, to every tear f We sing Thy love, Who didst in Such glory strange is given.
time, For us humanity assume;
But not this fleshly robe alone
Shall link us, Lord, to Thee ; dimTo answer for the sinner's crime,
Not only in the tear and groan p To suffer in the sinner's room.
Shall the dear kindred be ;f The ransomed Church Thy glory sings;
f We shall be reckoned for Thine own The hosts of Heaven Thy will
Because Thy heaven we share, And, Lord of lords and King of
Because we sing around Thy throne, kings,
And Thy bright raiment wear. We celebrate Thy blessèd sway. f O mighty grace, our life to live,
To make our earth divine ! P A servant's form didst Thou sustain ;
O mighty grace, Thy heaven to give,
And lift our life to Thine. And with delight the law obey ; dimAnd then endure amazing pain,
T. H. Gill. Whilst all our sorrows on Thee lay. 109
L.M. mf Blest Saviour ! are wholly Thine ;
mf STRONG Son of God, immortal So freely loved, so dearly bought:
[face. Our souls to Thee would
Whom we, that have not seen Thy resign,
By faith, and faith alone, embrace, To Thee would subject every
Believing where we cannot prove ; thought.
p Thou wilt not leave us in the dust : J. Ryland. Thou madest man, he knows not
why : 108
C.M. He thinks he was not made to die : p0! MEAN may seem this house of And Thou hast made him : Thou clay,
art just. Yet 'twas the Lord's abode ;
[mf Thou seemest human and divine, Our feet may mourn this thorny
The highest, holiest manhood, way,
Thou : cres Yet here Immanuel trod.
Our wills are ours, we know not This fleshly robe the Lord did how : wear ;
Our wills are ours, to make them This watch the Lord did keep;
p Our little systems have their day :/ ?? Let knowledge grow from more to
They have their day and cease to be: more,
They are but broken lights of Thee, dimBut more of reverence in us dwell: cresAnd Thou, O Lord, art more than cresThat mind and soul, according well, they.]
May make one music as before, mf We have but faith : we cannot ✓ But vaster. (dim) We are fools and know;
slight, For knowledge is of things we see. We mock Thee when we do not fear. cresAnd yet we trust it comes from But help Thy foolish ones to bear; Thee ;
Help Thy vain world to bear Thy A beam in darkness : let it grow.
7.-HIS EXAMPLE. 110 C.M. 111
C.M. p LORD. as to Thy dear cross we flee,
And plead to be forgiven. mit What grace, O Lord, and beauty So let Thy life our pattern be,
shone cres And form our souls for Heaven. Around Thy steps below ;
What patient love was seen in all p Help us. through good report and ill,
Thy life and death of woe.
» For, ever on Thy burdened heart Our brethren's griefs to share.
A weight of sorrows hung ; [mnf Let grace our selfishness expel, Yet no ungentle murmuring word Our earthliness refine,
Escaped Thy silent tongue.
Thy foes might hate. despise, revile, If joy shall at Thy bidding fly,
Thy friends unfaithful prove, Änd grief's dark day come on,
Unwearied in forgiveness still,
Thy heart could only love.
mf O give u: hearts to love like Thee, Should friends misjudge, or foes Like Thee, O Lord. to grieve, defame,
dimFar more for others' sins, than all Or brethren faithless prove,
The wrongs that we receive.
One with Thyself, may every eye, Kept peaceful in the midst of strife,
In us, Thy brethren, see Forgiving and forgiven,
The gentleness and grace that sreso may we lead the pilgrim's life,
spring f And follow Thee to Heaven !
From union, Lord, with Thee. J. II, Gurney.