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And, walking in the light of God,
All praise to God, the Father, Son,
And Holy Ghost, to thee, As in the ages gone, is now
And shall for ever be. Amen.
7. L. M.
When Christ the Lord would come on earth, His messenger before Him went,
The greatest born of mortal birth,
And charged with words of deep intent.
The least of all that here attend
He was the bridegroom's joyful friend,
A higher race, the sons of light,
Of water and the Spirit born; He the last star of parting night,
And we the children of the morn.
And, as he boldly spake Thy word,
And joyed to hear the Bridegroom's voice,
Thus may Thy pastors teach, O Lord!
To Father, Son, and Holy Ghost,
The God whom heaven and earth adore,
Be glory from the Angel Host,
Come, Thou long-expected Jesus,
Born to set Thy people free; From our fears and sins release us,
Let us find our rest in Thee.
Israel's strength and consolation,
Dear desire of every nation,
Born Thy people to deliver,
Born to reign in us for ever,
Now Thy gracious Kingdom bring.
By Thine own eternal Spirit,
Rule in all our hearts alone; By Thine all-sufficient merit,
Raise us to Thy glorious throne. Amen.
9. C. M.
Light of the lonely pilgrim's heart!
Star of the coming day!
Chase all our griefs away.
Come, blessed Lord! bid every shore
And answering island sing The praises of Thy royal name,
And own Thee as their King.
Bid the whole earth, responsive now
To the bright world above, Break forth in rapturous strains of joy,
In memory of Thy love.
Lord, Lord, Thy fair creation groans—
In unison with all our hearts,
Thine was the cross, with all its fruits
Of grace and peace divine:
The palm of victory Thine! Amen.
10. S. M.
Come, Lord, and tarry not:
O, why these years of waiting here,
Come, for Thy saints still wait;
Daily ascends their sigh;
Dost Thou not hear the cry?
Come, for creation groans
Impatient of Thy stay; Worn out with these long years of ill.
These ages of delay.
Come, for Thy Israel pines
An exile from Thy fold:
And bless them as of old.
Come, in Thy glorious might,
Come with the iron rod, Scattering Thy foes before Thy face,
Most mighty Son of God.
Come, and make all things new,
Build up this ruin'd earth, Eestore our faded Paradise,
Creation's second birth.
Come, and begin Thy reign
Of everlasting peace, Come take the kingdom to Thyself, Great King of righteousness. Amen.
Light of those whose dreary dwelling
Borders on the shades of death! Come, and all Thy love revealing
Dissipate the clouds beneath.
The new heaven and earth's Creator
In our deepest darkness rise, Scattering all the night of nature,
Pouring day upon our eyes.
Still we wait for Thine appearing,
Life and joy Thy beams impart; Chasing all our fears, and cheering
Every poor benighted heart. Come, and manifest the favour
God hath for our ransomed race: Come, Thou universal Saviour,
Manifest Thy wondrous grace.
Save us in Thy great compassion,
O Thou mild, pacific Prince! Give the knowledge of salvation,
Give the pardon of our sins. By Thy all-restoring merit
Every burdened one release, Every weary wandering spirit
Guide into Thy perfect peace. Amen.
How long, O Lord our Saviour,
Our hearts are growing weary