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Mild He lays His glory by,
Born that man no more may die ;
Born to raise the sons of earth,

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.”
5 Thus spake the seraph, and forthwith

Appeared a shining throng
Of angels praising God, who thus

Addressed their joyful song : 6 “All glory be to God on high,

66 And to the earth be peace;
“ Good-will, henceforth, from heaven to men

Begin, and never cease.”

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IGH let us swell our tuneful notes,

And join the angelic throng ;
For angels no such love have known,

To wake a cheerful song.
2 Good-will to sinful man is shewn,

And peace on earth is given :
For, lo ! the incarnate Saviour comes,

With messages from heaven.
3 Justice and grace, in sweet accord,

His rising beams adorn;
Let heaven and earth in concert join,

" To us a Child is born."
4 Glory to God in highest strains,

In highest worlds be paid ;
His glory by our lips proclaimed,

And by our lives displayed !


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O morn


Gave to our world below;
To mortal want and labour born,

And more than mortal woe !
2 Incarnate Word ! by every grief,

By each temptation tried,
Who lived to yield our ills relief,

And to redeem us died !
3 If gaily clothed, and proudly fed,

In dangerous wealth we dwell,
Remind us of Thy manger bed,

And lowly cottage cell !

4 If, pressed by poverty severe,

In envious want we pine,
O may Thy Spirit whisper near,

How poor a lot was Thine !
5 From all the viewless snares of sin

Preserve us firm and free:
Like us Thou hast a mourner been,

May we rejoice with Thee !





1 TONS of men, behold from far,

Hail the long-expected Star!
Jacob's Star, that gilds the night,

Kindling darkness into light.
2 Nations all, remote and near,
Haste to see your


appear ;
Haste, for Him


prepare ;
Meet Him, manifested there !
3 There behold the Day-spring rise,

Pouring light on mortal eyes;
See it chase the shades away,

Shining to the perfect day !
4 Sing, ye morning stars, again!

God descends on earth to reign !
Deigns for man His life to employ ;
Shout, ye sons of God, for joy !

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RIGHT was the guiding star that led,

With mild, benignant ray,
The Gentiles to the lowly shed,

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

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

To lead us to our God.
3 O haste, and follow where it guides,

Its gracious call obey !
Whate'er of good or ill betides,

The Christian's destined way.
4 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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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 ;
Richer by far is the heart's adoration,
Dearer to God are the


of the poor.

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2 Thy mercy gates are open

To them that mourn their sin ;
O shut them not against us, Lord,

But let us enter in !

3 We need not to confess our faults,

For surely Thou canst tell ;
What we have done, and what we are,

Thou knowest, Lord, full well :

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