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Romans viii, 16. (P. M.)

1 EARNEST of future bliss,

Thee, Holy Ghost, we hail ;
Fountain of holiness,

Whose comforts never fail,
The cleansing gift on saints bestow'd,
The witness of their peace with God.

2 What wond'rous grace is this,

For God to dwell with men ;
Through Jesus' righteousness,

His favour we regain,
And feeble worms, by nature lost,
Are temples of the Holy Ghost !

3 By thee on earth we know
Ourselves in Christ renew'd,
Brought by thy grace into

The family of God:
Of his adopting love the seal,
And faithful teacher of his will.

4 Great Comforter, descend

In gentle breathings down,
Preserve us to the end,

That no man take our crown :
Our guardian still vouchsafe to be,
Nor suffer us to go from thee.

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2 Timothy i, 9. (c. m.) 1 HOW vast the benefits divine,

Which we in Christ possess; Sav'd from the guilt of sin we are,

And call'd to holiness.
2 But not for works which we have done,

Or shall hereafter do,
Hath God decreed on sinful worms,

Salvation to bestow.
3 Our glorious surety undertook

To satisfy for man;
And grace was giv'n us in him,

Before the world began.
4 Not one of all the chosen race,

But shall to heav'n attain; Partake on earth the promis'd grace,

And then with Jesus reign. 5 Of Father, Son, and Spirit, we

Extol the threefold care, Whose love, whose merit, and whose pow'r

Unite to lift us there! 196

Isaiah ix, 6. (7's.)
1 BRIGHT and joyful is the morn,

For to us a child is born;
From the highest realms of heav'n,
Unto us a son is giv'n.

2 On his shoulder, he shall bear,

Pow'r and majesty, and wear
On his vesture, on his thigh,

Names most awful, names most high. 3 Wonderful in counsel he,

The incarnate Deity;
Sire of ages ne'er to cease,

King of kings, and Prince of Peace. 4 Come and worship at his feet,

Yield to Christ the homage meet ;
From his manger to his throne,
Homage due to God alone.

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1 ANGELS from the realms of glory,

Wing your flight o'er all the earth ;
Ye, who sang creation's story,
Now proclaim Messiah's birth :

Come and worship,

Worship Christ, the new-born King. 2 Shepherds, in the field abiding,

Watching o'er your flocks by night,
God with man is now residing,
Yonder shines the infant light:

Come and worship,
Worship Christ, the new-born King.

3 Saints, befo.e the altar bending,

Watching long, in hope and fear,
Suddenly the Lord descending,
In his temple shall appear:

Come and worship,
Worship Christ, the new-born King.

4 Sinners, wrung with true repentance,

Doom'd for guilt to endless pains, Justice now revokes the sentence, Mercy calls you, break your chains :

Come and worship,
Worship Christ, the new-born King.

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Zechariah xiii, 1. (P. M.)

1 COME to Calvary's holy mountain,

Sinners ruin'd by the fall,
Here a pure and healing fountain

Flows to you, to me, to all :
In a full perpetual tide,

Open'd when our Saviour died.
2 Come in sorrow and contrition,

Wounded, impotent, and blind,
Here the guilty, free remission,

Here the troubled, peace may find :
Health this fountain will restore,
He that drinks, shall thirst no more.

199 Philippians ii, 9. (P. M.)

PART 1.
1 JOIN all the glorious names

Of wisdom, love and pow'r,
That ever mortals knew,

That angels ever bore;
All are too mean to speak his worth,

Too mean to set my Saviour forth. 2 Array'd in mortal flesh,

He, like an angel stands,
And holds the promises

And pardons in his hands;
Commission'd from his Father's throne,

To make his grace to mortals known. 3 Great Prophet of my God,

My tongue would bless thy name,
By thee the joyful news

Of our salvation came;
The joyful news of sins forgiv'n,

Of hell subdued and peace with heav'n. 200

Isaiah xl, 11. (P. M.)

PART II.
1 I LOVE my Shepherd's voice,

His watchful eye shall keep
My wand'ring soul among

The thousands of his sheep;
He feeds his flock, he calls their names,
His bosom bears the tender lambs.

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