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2 [The Lord, the highest God,

Calls him his only Son;
He bids him rule the lands abroad,

And gives him David's throne. 3 O’er Jacob shall he reign

With a peculiar sway;
The nations shall his grace obtain,

His kingdom ne’er decay. ] 4 To bring the glorious news

A heavenly form appears ;
He tells the shepherds of their joys,

And banishes their fears.



•Go, humble swains, said he,

• To David's city fly;
• The promis'd infant born to-day

· Doth in a manger lie.
· With looks and hearts serene,

•Go, visit Christ your King :'
And straight a flaming troop was seen;

The Shepherds heard them sing :
• Glory to God on high ;

And heavenly peace on earth;
Good will to men; to angels joy,

At the Redeemer's birth!'



[In worship so divine

Let saints employ their tongues, With the celestial hosts we join,

And loud repeat their songs:


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Glory to God on high ;

And heavenly peace on earth; • Good will to men; to angels joy,

. At our Redeemer's birth!']

HYMN 5. Common Metre.

Job 1. 21,

Submission to afflictive Providences.


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as from the earth we came, And crept to life at first; We to the earth return again,

And mingle with our dust.
2 The dear delights we here enjoy,

And fondly call our own,
Are but short favours borrow'd now,

To be repaid anon.
3 'Tis God that lifts our comforts high,

Or sinks them in the grave;
He gives, and (blessed be his name !)

He takes but what he gave.
4 Peace ! all our angry passions, then,

Let each rebellious sigh
Be silent at his sovereign will,

And every murmur die.
5 If smiling mercy crown our lives,

Its praises shall be spread; And we'll adore the justice too

That strikes our comforts dead.

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1 GREAT God, I own thy sentence just,

And nature must decay:
I yield my body to the dust,

To dwell with fellow-clay.
2 Yet faith may triumph o'er the grave,

And trample on the tombs :
My Jesus, my Redeemer lives,

My God, my Saviour comes. 3 The mighty conqueror


High on a royal seat,
And death, the last of all his foes,

Lie vanquish'd at his feet. 4 Though greedy worms devour my skin,

And gnaw my wasting flesh,
When God shall build my bones again,

He clothes them all afresh.

5 Then shall I see thy lovely face

With strong immortal eyes,
And feast upon thy unknown grace,

With pleasure and surprise.

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The Invitation of the Gospel; or, spiritual Food and Clothing. 1 LET

every mortal ear attend, And every heart rejoice; The trumpet of the gospel sounds

With an inviting voice.
2 Ho! all ye hungry starving souls

That feed upon the wind,
And vainly strive with earthly toys

To fill an empty mind :
3 Eternal wisdom has prepar’d

A soul-reviving feast,
And bids your longing appetites

The rich provision taste. 4 Ho!


for living streams,
And pine away and die;
Here you may quench your raging thirst

With springs that never dry. 5 Rivers of love and mercy here

In a rich ocean join;
Salvation in abundance flows,

Like floods of milk and wine. 6 [Ye perishing and naked poor,

Who work with mighty pain,
To weave a garment of your own

That will not hide your sin;

7 Come naked, and adorn your souls

In robes prepar'd by God, Wrought by the labours of his Son,

And dy'd in his own blood.] 8 Dear God! the treasures of thy love

Are everlasting mines,
Deep as our helpless miseries are,

And boundless as our sins !

9 The happy gates of gospel-grace

Stand open night and day:
Lord, we are come to seek supplies,

And drive our wants away.

HYMN 8. Common Metre.

Isaiah xxvi, 1...6.

The Safety and Protection of the Church. i How honourable is the place

Where we adoring stand;
Zion, the glory of the earth,

And beauty of the land !
2 Bulwarks of mighty grace defend

The city where we dwell;
The walls, of strong salvation made,

Defy the assaults of hell.
3 Lift up the everlasting gates,

The doors wide open fling,
Enter, ye nations, that obey

The statutes of our King.

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