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Mild He lays His glory by,
Born to give them second birth. 26 1 THILE shepherds watched their flocks by All
[night, The angel of the Lord came down,
And glory shone around. 2 “Fear not,” said he,—for mighty dread
Had seized their troubled mind,“Glad tidings of great joy I bring “ To you
and all mankind : 3 “To you in David's town, this day,
“ Is born of David's line, “ A Saviour, who is Christ the Lord,
" And this shall be the sign : 4 “ The heavenly Babe you there shall find,
“ To-human view displayed, “ All meanly wrapt in swathing-bands,
" And in a manger laid.”
Appeared a shining throng
Addressed their joyful song : 6 “All glory be to God on high,
66 And to the earth be peace;
Begin, and never cease.”
And join the angelic throng ;
To wake a cheerful song.
And peace on earth is given :
With messages from heaven.
His rising beams adorn;
" To us a Child is born."
In highest worlds be paid ;
And by our lives displayed !
Gave to our world below;
And more than mortal woe !
By each temptation tried,
And to redeem us died !
In dangerous wealth we dwell,
And lowly cottage cell !
4 If, pressed by poverty severe,
In envious want we pine,
How poor a lot was Thine !
Preserve us firm and free:
May we rejoice with Thee !
1 TONS of men, behold from far,
Hail the long-expected Star!
Kindling darkness into light.
Pouring light on mortal eyes;
Shining to the perfect day !
God descends on earth to reign !
RIGHT was the guiding star that led,
With mild, benignant ray,
Where the Redeemer lay.
Now points to His abode ;
To lead us to our God.
Its gracious call obey !
The Christian's destined way.
While light and grace are given !
Shall reign with Him in heaven.
BRIGHTIEST and best of the sons of the
Dawn on our darkness, and lend us Thine aid; Star of the East, the horizon adorning,
Guide where our infant Redeemer is laid ! 2 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 !
3 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
4 Vainly we offer each ample oblation,
Vainly with gifts would His favour secure ;
of the poor.
2 Thy mercy gates are open
But let us enter in !
3 We need not to confess our faults,
For surely Thou canst tell ;
Thou knowest, Lord, full well :