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Luther's.

The Judgment.

1 Thess. iv, 16, 17. Rev. i, 7.
1 GREAT God! what do I see and hear?

The end of things created !
The Judge of mankind doth appear,

On clouds of glory seated!
The trumpet sounds! the graves restore
The dead, which they contain'd before !

Prepare, my soul, to meet Him !

2 The dead in Christ shall first arise,

At the last trumpet's sounding, Caught up to meet Him in the skies,

With joy their Lord surrounding: No gloomy fears their souls dismay; His presence sheds eternal day

On those prepared to meet Him. 3[But sinners, fill’d with guilty fears,

Behold his wrath prevailing ;
For they shall rise, and find their tears

And sighs are unavailing:
The day of grace is past and gone;
Trembling they stand before the throne,

All unprepared to meet Him.]

in Advent.
45Great God! what do I see and hear?

The end of things created !
The Judge of mankind doth appear,

On clouds of glory seated!
Beneath his cross I view the day,
When heaven and earth shall pass away;

And thus prepare to meet Him.]

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1 CHRISTIANS, awake, salute the happy morn,
Whereon the Saviour of mankind was born;
Rise to adore the mystery of love,
Which hosts of angels chanted from above;
With them the joyful tidings first begun,
Of God Incarnate, and the Virgin's Son.

2 Oh! may we keep and ponder in our mind
God's wondrous love in saving lost mankind;
Trace we the babe, who hath retriev'd our loss,
From the poor manger to the bitter cross;
Tread in his steps, assisted by his grace,
Till man's first heav'nly state again take place.

3 Then may we hope, th' angelic hosts among,

To join, redeem'd, a glad triumphant throng:
He, that was born upon this joyful day,
Around us all his glory shall display;
Sav'd by his love, incessant we shall sing
Eternal praise to heav'n's almighty King.

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C. M. Angels announcing the Nativity.

Luke ii, 8-14.
I WHILE shepherds watch'd their flocks by

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

And glory shone around.
2 Fear not, said he,—for mighty dread

Had seized their troubled mind-
Glad tidings of great joy I bring

To you and all mankind:
3 To you in David's town this day

Iš born, of David's line,
A Saviour, who is Christ the Lord;

And this shall be the sign:
4 The heavenly babe you there shall find,

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

And in a manger laid.

5 Thus spake the seraph, and forthwith

Appear'd a shining throng
Of angels, praising God, and thus

Address’d their joyful song: 6 All glory be to God on high,

And to the earth be peace; Good-will henceforth from heaven to men

Begin and never cease.

79.

Birth of Christ.

Mal, iv, 2.
1 HARK, the herald angels sing,
Glory to the new-born King,
Peace on earth, and mercy mild.
God and sinners reconcil'd!
2 Joyful all ye nations rise,

Join the triumph of the skies;
With th' angelic host proclaim,

Christ is born in Bethlehem! 3 Hail the heaven-born Prince of Peace!

Hail the Sun of Righteousness!
Light and life to all He brings,

Ris'n with healing in his wings. 4 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.

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1 IN HEAVEN a rapt'rous song was heard

Of sweet seraphic praise, When Jesus in our flesh appear'd

A fallen world to raise.
2 The theme, the song, the joy, was new

To each angelic tongue;
Swift through the realms of light it flew,

And loud the echo rung.
3 Down through the portals of the sky

The pealing anthem ran;
And angels flew with eager joy .

To bear the news to man.
4 With joy the chorus we repeat,

Glory to God on high,
Good-will and peace are now complete;

Jesus is born to die.
5 Hail Prince of Life! for ever hail!

Redeemer, Brother, Friend!
Though life, and earth, and time, must fail,

Thy praise shall never end.

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