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2 This is he whom man despises; He with whom the world contends: 'Till the light of heav'n arises; Then its opposition ends: What the sinner scorn'd before Render'd wise, he scorus no more. 3 This is he, whom heav'n confesses, "King of Kings, and Lord of Lords;" They are blessed whom he blesses; Sweet the joys his smile affords: JESUS is the GOD of grace, And 'tis heav'n to "see his face."

95. His Advent. C. M.

Behold he shall come, saith the Lord of Hosts.-MAL. iii. 1.

HE comes! the Saviour full of grace!
By ancient prophets sung;
The smile of mercy in his face,
And truth upon his tongue.

2 In him the world no beauty sees,
"No form nor comeliness,"
Rejected and despised he is,
And plung'd in deep distress.

3 But there's a people taught by grace,
To know his matchless worth;
They own him though accounted base,
And show his praises forth.

4 They own him as the Lord of all,
Their Saviour and their GoD;
Before his feet they prostrate fall,TM
The purchase of his blood!

5 To him who bore the sinner's shame,
Be endless glory giv'n,
Immortal honours crown his name,
The Lord of earth and heav'n!

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96. His Advent, 7s.

And the Angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day, in the city of David, a Saviour, which is CHRIST the Lord. LUKE ii. 10, 11.

SWEETER sounds than music knows
Charm me in IMMANUEL'S name;
All her hopes my spirit owes

To his birth, and cross, and shame.

2 When he came the angels sung "Glory be to GOD on high;' Lord, unloose my stamm'ring tongue; Who should louder sing than I?

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Bleed and suffer in my
And caust thou, my tongue, be still?

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4 No, I must my praises bring,

Tho' they worthless are, and weak; For should I refuse to sing,

Sure the very stones would speak.

5 O my Saviour, Shield, and Sun, Shepherd, Brother, Husband, Friend, Ev'ry precious name in one,

I will love thee without end.

97. Incarnation.

C. M.

The Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father) full of grace and truth.-JOHN i. 14.

AWAKE, awake the sacred song
To our incarnate Lord;

Let every heart, and every tongue,
Adore th' eternal "Word."

2 That awful word, that sovereign power, By whom the worlds were made, Whom all the heavenly host adore, Was once in flesh array'd!

3 Then shone almighty power and love,
In all their glorious forms,*
When JESUS left his throne above
To dwell with sinful worms.

4 [To dwell with misery below,
The Saviour left the skies:
And sunk to wretchedness and woe,
That worthless man might rise.]

5 Adoring angels tun'd their songs To hail the joyful day;

With rapture then let mortal tougues Their grateful worship pay.

6 What glory, Lord, to thee is due!
With wonder we adore;
But could we sing as angels do,
Our highest praise were poor.

98. Birth. 7s.

Unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace. ISAIAH ix. 6.

HARK! the herald angels sing,
Glory to the new-born King;
Peace on earth and mercy mild,
GOD and sinners reconcil'd.
Joyful all ye nations rise,
Join the triumph of the skies,
With the heav'nly host proclaim,
"CHRIST is born in Bethlehem.'

2 CHRIST, by highest heav'n ador'd,
CHRIST the everlasting Lord;
Late in time behold him come,
Offspring of a virgin's womb:
Veil'd in flesh the Godhead see,
Hail the incarnate Deity!
Pleas'd as man, with men to dwell,
JESUS, our IMMANUEL.

3 Hail, the heav'n-born Prince of Peace,
Hail, the Sun of Righteousness![
Light and life to all he brings, #*.
Ris'n with healing in his wings:
Mild he lays his glory by,
Born, that man no more may die,
Born to raise the sons of earth,
Born to give the second birth.

4 Come, "Desire of Nations," come!
Fix in us thy humble home;
Rise, the Woman's conqu'ring seed,
Bruise in us the serpent's head;
Adam's likeness now efface,
Stamp thine image in its place;
Second Adam from above,
Reinstate us in thy love.

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99. Birth. 8—7.

Blessed be the Lord God of Israel; for he hath visited and redeemed his people, and hath raised up an horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David.LUKE i. 68, 69.

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!
2 Israel's strength and consolation,
Hope of all thy saints thou art;
Dear Desire of every Nation,
Joy of every longing heart.

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