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27. WHILE, with

ceaseless course, the sun
Hasted through the former year,
Many souls their race have run,

Never more to meet us here.
Fix'd in an eternal state,

They have done with all below;
We a little longer wait,

But how little none can know.
Swiftly thus our fleeting days

Bear us down life's rapid stream !
Lord, to heaven our wishes raise;

All on earth is but a dream.
Bless Thy Word to young and old;

Fill us with the Saviour's love ;
And, when life's short tale is told,

May we dwell with Thee above.

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28. BRIGHTEST and best of the sons of the morning!

Dawn on our darkness, and lend us thine aid ! Star of the east, the horizon adorning,

Guide where our infant Redeemer is laid ! Cold on His cradle the dew-drops are shining,

Low lies His head with the beasts of the stall; Angels adore Him in slumber reclining,

Maker, and Monarch, and Saviour of all !
Say, shall we yield Him, in costly devotion,

Odours of Edom, and offerings divine,
Gems of the mountain, and pearls of the ocean,

Myrrh from the forest, and gold from the mine? Vainly we offer each ample oblation,

Vainly with gifts would His favour secure ;
Richer by far is the heart's adoration,
Dearer to God are the

prayers

of the poor.

YORK. C. M.

From the Scotch Psalter. 1615.

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The wise men on their way,
Until it came and stood beside

The place where Jesus lay;
Although by stars Thou dost not lead

Thy servants now below;
Thy Holy Spirit, when they need,

Will show them how to go.
As yet we know Thee but in part,

But still we trust Thy word,
That “blessed are the pure in heart,

For they shall see the Lord.”
O Saviour, give us then Thy grace

To make us pure in heart,
That we may see Thee face to face

Hereafter as Thou art.

A. men,

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30. WHAT star is this, with beams so bright, True love can brook no dull delay,

A stranger midst the orbs of light? Through toils and dangers lies their way; It shines to herald forth the King, And yet their home, their friends, their all Glad tidings of our God to bring.

They leave at once, at God's high call. See now fulfill'd what God decreed, Oh, while the star of heavenly grace “From Jacob shall a star proceed :" Invites us, Lord, to seek Thy face, And lo! the Eastern sages stand,

May we no more that grace repel, To read in heaven the Lord's command. Or quench that light, which shines so well! While outward signs the star displays, To God the Father, God the Son, An inward light the Lord conveys, And Holy Spirit, Three in One, And urges them with force benign, May every tongue and nation raise To seek the Giver of the sign.

An endless song of thankful praise !

men.

TALLIS. (Ordination Hymn.) C. M.

Thos. TALLIS. About 1565.

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31.
BRIGHT was the guiding star that led,
The Gentiles to the lowly shed,

Where the Redeemer lay.
But lo! a brighter, clearer light,

Now points to Ffis abode;
It shines through sin and sorrow's night,

To guide us to our God.
O haste, to follow where it leads ;

The gracious call obey ;
Be rugged wilds, or flowery meads,

The Christian's destined way!
O gladly tread the narrow path,

While light and grace are given !
Who meekly follow Christ on earth,

Shall reign with Him in heaven.

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