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And hark! the angels through the lofty sky

Their praises to his name afford;
All glory they ascribe to God on high !

Oh, come ye, and sing praises to the Lord !

Oh, Jesu Virgin-born! thy name shall be,

On this thy day for aye ador'd ! Incarnate Word of God, we worship Thee !

Oh, come ye, and sing praises to the Lord !

OR THIS.

High let us swell our tuneful notes,

And join the angelic throng :
For angels no such love have known

T awake a cheerful song.

Good-will to sinful man is shown,

And peace on earth is given:
For, lo! th' incarnate Saviour comes
With
messages

from heaven.

Justice and grace, in sweet accord,

His rising beams adorn;
Let heaven and earth in concert join,

“ To us a child is born.”

Glory to God, in highest strains,

In highest worlds be paid;
His glory by our lips proclaimed,

And by our lives displayed.

When shall we reach those blissful realms,

Where Christ exalted reigns, And learn of the celestial choir

Their own immortal strains ?

EVENSONG.

(Jesu, redemptor omnium. No. 43.)

JESUS, thou holy Son of God,
Thou friend to sinful

man, Who madest in heaven thy bright abode,

Before the world began,
Thou, Lord, our chiefest glory art,

Our only refuge thou:
Prayer is the incense of our heart;

Accept that incense now.
The likeness, Lord, thou didst assume

Of our most sinful race,
That we, thy ransomed saints, might come

To share thy promised grace.
Oh! then, thy work of grace begin,

And when begun, maintain ;
So shall no falling back to sin

Our later years profane.
So let the land, the sea, the sky,

Let all the world rejoice,
And sing thy glorious majesty,

With a triumphant voice.

And we, to whom thou camest on earth,

Eternal life to bring,
On this, the season of thy birth,

Thy wondrous love will sing.

OR THIS.

HARK, the herald angels sing,
Glory to the new-born King,
Peace in heaven and mercy mild,
God and sinners reconciled.
Joyful all ye nations rise,
Join the triumph of the skies,
With the angelic host proclaim,
Christ is born at Bethlehem.

Hark, the herald angels sing,
Glory to the new-born King !

Christ, by highest heaven adored,
Christ, the everlasting Lord,
Late in life behold Him come,
Offspring of a Virgin's womb;
Veiled in flesh, the Godhead He,
Hail the incarnate Deity!
Pleased as man with men to appear,
Jesus our Immanuel here.

Hark, the herald angels sing,
Glory to the new-born King !

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Hail the heaven-born Prince of Peace,
Hail the Sun of Righteousness !
Light and life to all he brings,
Risen with healing on his wings :
Mild He lays his glory by,
Born that man no more may die!
Born to raise the sons of earth,
Born to give them second birth!

Hark, the herald angels sing,
Glory to the new-born King!

ST. STEPHEN'S DAY.

(Quid, obstinata pectora. No. 44.)

Ah, wherefore do the impious Jews

Again their God defy ?
Their holy teacher they refuse,

And drag him forth to die.

At him they dare, with ruthless hands,

To cast the murderous stone, While Saul, their chief, insulting stands,

And makes their crime his own.

But, lo! before the martyr's eye

The starry poles are riven;
He sees his Lord enthroned on highr,

At God's right hand in heaven.

Thus ever thou wilt give thy might

To all thy saints, O Lord !
Thyself the witness of the fight,

Thyself their great reward.
Oh ! Stephen's was a glorious death,

Allowed for Christ to die :
His body sank the stones beneath,

His soul was in the sky.

For even then his ardent mind,

Filled with excess of light,
No longer was to earth confined,

But winged its upward flight.
The Father's name we loudly raise,

The Son we all adore ; The Holy Ghost, one God, we praise,

Both now and evermore.

ST. JOHN'S DAY.

(Jussu tyranni pro fide. No. 45.)

BELOVED disciple of thy Lord,

Wast thou to exile driven ? Oh never sore thy spirit soar'd

With fleeter wings to heaven; He that was dead, and is alive, Then cheer'd thine eyes again; The Lion, strong with death to strive, The Lamb, for sinners slain.

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