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17. Messiah comes.
C.M. HEAR the glad sound, the Saviour comes,
The Saviour promisd long !
And every voice a song.
In Satan's bondage held;
The iron fetters yield.
The bleeding soul to cure;
T'enrich the humble poor.
Thy welcome shall proclaim;
How glorious is Thy name !
Thy majesty proclaim.
That he Thy care should prove;
Such mighty acts of Love!
Next to the heavenly host,
Each privilege he lost.
4 Then did the pitying Saviour leave.
The glories of the sky,
For sinful man to die :
Might life and glory claim,
For He hath left His gloomy bed ;
What Spirit brought Him from the dead ? 2 By His omnipotence He rose,
By His own Spirit lived again ;
To raise for ever ruin'd men.
Tho' worms in dust their flesh consume,
10. Christ is Risen.
Sons of men, and angels say ;
Sing, ye heavens, and earth reply. 2 Love's redeeming work is done;
Fought the fight, the battle won ;
3 Vain the stone, the watch, the seal,
Christ has burst the gates of hell ;
Christ has open'd Paradise.
“Where, O death, is now thy sting ?
“ Where's thy victory, boasting grave ?"
His sufferings and sorrows are past,
And shall to eternity last.
Our Advocate make our plea good;
The sheep Hehas bought with His blood. 2 Our Prophet will point out the way
Which leads to the mansions above;
Our Friend of unchangeable love.
Our hearts and our voices we raise;
Above all our blessings and praise.
12. Saturday Night.
Nor dare to tempt my sight;
Before I end this night.
2 Jesus ! how pleasing is the sound !
How worthy of my love!
Why plac'd no more above ?
Excite a grateful frame;
Some good of Jesu's name.
By Christ the living way; I'll praise Thee for this hour of grace
Through an eternal day.
AS the dew from heaven distilling, * Gently on the grass descends, And revives it, thus fulfilling
What Thy providence intends : Let Thy doctrine, Lord, so gracious,
Thus descending from above, Blest by Thee, prove efficacious
To fulfil Thy work of love. 2 Lord, behold this congregation ;
Precious promises fulfil ;
Let the dew of life distil :
Sweetest influence shed around ;
And confess the joyful sound.
14. Nativity. (Luke ii, 25.) 8,7. 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,
Hope of all the earth Thou art; Dear desire of every nation,
Joy of every longing heart. 2 Born Thy people to deliver ;
Born à child, and yet a king ; Born to reign in us for ever,
Now Thy gracious kingdom bring: By Thy own eternal Spirit,
Rule in all our hearts alone : By Thine all-sufficient merit,
Raise us to Thy glorious throne.
15. The Lord's Day.
Behold Thee all serene ;
Without a veil between ?
Amidst a world of cares;
And then accept my prayers. 3 Thy Spirit, O my Father, give,
To be my guide and friend,
To sabbaths without end.