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Hymns of glory and of praise,
L. M. What star is this, with beams so bright, A stranger ’midst the orbs of light ? It shines to herald forth the King, Glad tidings of our God to bring.
See now fulfilled what God decreed-
While outward signs the star displays
True love can brook no dull delay,
O! while the star of heavenly grace
All glory, Jesu, be to Thee
Let the people praise Thee, Lord;
8-7. HAIL, Thou Source of ev'ry blessing,
Soy'reign Father of mankind !
Gentiles now, Thy grace possessing,
In Thy courts admission find. Grateful now we fall before Thee;
In Thy church obtain a place; Now, by faith, behold Thy glory,
Praise Thy truth, and sing Thy grace. Once far off, but now invited,
We approach Thy sacred throne; In Thy covenant united,
Reconcil'd, redeem’d, made one. Now reveald to Eastern sages
See the star of mercy shine! Mystery hid in former ages,
Mystery great of love divine. Hail, Thou ever blessed Saviour!
Gentiles now their off'rings bring; In Thy temple seek Thy favour;
Worship Thee, their Lord and King. May we all, sincere in spirit,
Live devoted to Thy praise ; Glorious realms of bliss inherit;
Grateful anthems ever raise. Amen.
8-8-8. JESU! behold the wise from far, Led to Thy cradle by a star,
Bring gifts to Thee, their God and King !
O guide us by Thy light, that we
The way may find, and still to Thee Our hearts, our all, for tribute bring !
Jesu! the pure, the spotless Lamb, Who to the temple humbly came, Duteous, the legal rites to pay!
O make our proud, our stubborn will,
All Thy wise, gracious laws fulfil, Whate'er rebellious nature say!
Jesu! who by Thine own love slain,
By Thine own power took’st life again, And conqueror from the grave didst rise,
O may Thy death our souls revive,
Jesu! who to Thy heaven again
Return’dst in triumph, there to reign Of men and angels Sovereign King,
O may our parting souls take flight Up to that land of joy and light, And there for ever grateful sing !
All glory to the sacred Three,
One undivided Deity, All honour, power, and love and praise !
Still may Thy blessed Name shine bright
In beams of uncreated light, Crown'd with its own eternal rays! Amen.
As with gladness men of old
Holy Jesus, every day
In the heavenly country bright
42. 6-6, 6-6, 8-8. ARISE, O Lord, and shine
In all Thy saving might, And prosper each design
To spread Thy glorious light; Let healing streams of mercy flow, That all the earth Thy truth may know.