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27. WHILE, with
ceaseless course, the sun
Never more to meet us here.
They have done with all below;
But how little none can know.
Bear us down life's rapid stream !
All on earth is but a dream.
Fill us with the Saviour's love ;
May we dwell with Thee above.
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 !
Odours of Edom, and offerings divine,
Myrrh from the forest, and gold from the mine? Vainly we offer each ample oblation,
Vainly with gifts would His favour secure ;
of the poor.
YORK. C. M.
From the Scotch Psalter. 1615.
The wise men on their way,
The place where Jesus lay;
Thy servants now below;
Will show them how to go.
But still we trust Thy word,
For they shall see the Lord.”
To make us pure in heart,
Hereafter as Thou art.
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 !
TALLIS. (Ordination Hymn.) C. M.
Thos. TALLIS. About 1565.
Where the Redeemer lay.
Now points to Ffis abode;
To guide us to our God.
The gracious call obey ;
The Christian's destined way!
While light and grace are given !
Shall reign with Him in heaven.