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27. 8-7, 8-7, 8-7-7.

Or the Father's love begotten
Ere the worlds began to be,

He is Alpha and Omega,

He the source, the ending He,

Of the things that are, that have been,
And that future years shall see,
Evermore and evermore.

He is found in human fashion,
Death and sorrow here to know,

That the race of Adam's children,
Doomed by law to endless woe,

May not henceforth die and perish
In the dreadful gulf below,

Evermore and evermore.

This is He whom seers in old time
Chanted of with one accord;

Whom the voices of the prophets
Promised in their faithful word;

Now He shines, the long-expected:
Let creation praise its Lord,

Evermore and evermore.

O ye heights of Heaven adore him!

Angel-hosts His praises sing! All dominions bow before Him,

And extol our God and King: Let no tongue on earth be silent,

Every voice in concert ring,

Evermore and evermore.

Christ! to Thee, with God the Father,

And, O Holy Ghost, to Thee, Hymn, and chant, and high thanksgiving,

And unwearied praises be, Honour, glory, and dominion,

And eternal victory,

Evermore and evermore! Amen.

28. s. M.

Rejoice in Jesus' birth,

To us a Son is given,
To us a child is born on earth

Who made both earth and heaven.

He reigns above the sky,

This universe sustains;
The God Supreme, the Lord Most High,

The King Messiah reigns.

Our Counsellor we praise,

Our Advocate above,
Who daily in His church displays

His miracles of love.

Th' Almighty God is He,

Author of heavenly bliss,
The Father of eternity,

The glorious Prince of Peace.

Wider and wider still
He will His sway extend,

With peace divine His people fill,
And joys that never end.

Now for Thy promise' sake

O'er earth exalted be:
The kingdom, power, and glory take,

Which all belong to Thee.

In zeal for God and man

Thy full salvation bring,
The Universal Monarch reign,

The saints' Eternal King. Amen.

29. 8-7.

11 Ark! what mean those holy voices

Sweetly sounding through the skies! Lo! th' angelic host rejoices,

Heavenly alleluias rise. Listen to the wondrous story,

Which they chant in hymns of joy, "Glory in the highest, glory!

Glory be to God on high!"

"Peace on earth, goodwill from heaven,

Reaching far as man is found, Souls redeemed and sins forgiven,"—

Loud our golden harps shall sound. Christ is born the Great Anointed;

Heaven and earth His praises sing! O, receive whom God appointed,

For your Prophet, Priest, and King! "Hasten mortals to adore Him,

Learn His name and taste His joys Till in heaven ye sing before Him

Glory be to God on high." Let us learn the wondrous story

Of our great Redeemer's birth, Spread the brightness of His glory

Till it cover all the earth. Amen.

30. L M.

O, Cheist, Redeemer of our race,
Thou brightness of the Father's face,
Of Him, and with Him, ever One,
Ere times and seasons had begun.

Thou that art very Light of Light,
Unfailing hope in sin's dark night:
Hear Thou the prayers Thy people pray,
The wide world o'er, this blessed day.

To-day as year by year its light
Sheds o'er the world a radiance bright,
One precious truth is echoed on,
"'Tis thou hast saved us, Thou alone."

Thou from the Father's throne didst come,
To call His banished children home,
And heaven and earth, and sea and shore,
His love who sent Thee here adore.

And gladsome too are we to-day
Whose guilt Thy blood has washed away;
Redeemed, the new-made song we sing,
It is the birthday of our King.

O Lord, the Virgin-born to Thee,
Eternal praise and glory be;
Whom with the Father we adore,
And Holy Ghost, for evermore. Amen.

31. c. M.

While shepherds watched their flocks by

All seated on the ground;
The angel of the Lord came down,

And glory shone around.

"Fear not," said he,—for mighty dread, Had seiz'd their troubled mind,—

"Glad tidings of great joy I bring To you and all mankind.

"To you, in David's town this day,

Is born of David's line,
The Saviour, who is Christ the Lord,

And this shall be the sign:—

The heav'nly babe you there shall find,

To human view display'd,
All meanly wrapt in swathing bands,

And in a manger laid."

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