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XLVIII. THE DIVINITY OF CHRIST.
God was manifest in the flesh.-1 Tim. iii. 16.
And He hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.-Rev. xix. 16.
The Word, the uncreated Son,
When finite things began to be,
Thou wast from all eternity!
Ineffably begot by Him,
All-wise, all-good, Almighty Lord,
God over all Thou always art,
Spoken into Thy creatures's heart :
Distinct in personality,
XLIX. THE SABBATH DAY AND THE HOUSE OF
REMEMBER the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.- Exod. xx. 8.
Dear is the hallow'd morn to me,
When village bells awake the day ;
Call me from earthly cares away.
And dear to me the winged hour
Spent in Thy hallow'd courts, O Lord ! To feel devotion's soothing power,
And catch the manna of Thy word.
And dear to me the loud Amen
Which echoes through the blest abode, Which swells, and sinks, and swells again,
Dies on the walls, but lives to God.
And dear the rustic harmony,
Sung with the pomp of village art ; That holy, heavenly melody,
The music of a thankful heart.
In secret I have often pray'd,
And still the anxious tear would fall ; , But on Thy sacred altar laid,
The fire descends, and dries them all.
Oft when the world, with iron hands,
Has bound me in its six days' chain,
Then dear to me the Sabbath morn,
The village bells, the shepherd's voice ; These oft have found my heart forlorn,
And always bid that heart rejoice.
Of broken Sabbaths sing the charms ;