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LORD, when we bend before thy throne,

And our confessions pour,
Teach us to mourn the sins we own,

And shun what we deplore.
Our contrite spirits pitying see,

True penitence impart;
And let a healing ray from Thee,

Beam hope on every heart.
When we disclose our wants in prayer,

May we our wills resign;
And not a thought our bosoms share,

Which is not wholly thine.

Let faith each weak petition fill,

And lift it to the skies ;
And teach us, Lord, 'tis goodness still

That grants it, or denies.

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HAVE mercy, Lord, on me,

As Thou wert ever kind ;
Let me, oppress'd with loads of guilt,

Thy wonted mercy find.

Against Thee, Lord, alone,

And only in thy sight,
Have I transgress'd, and though condemn'd

Must own thy judgments right.

Blot out my crying sins,

Nor me in anger view;
Create in me a heart that's clean,

An upright mind renew.

A broken spirit is

By God most highly prized;
By Him a broken contrite heart

Shall never be despised.

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OUR great Redeemer and our Lord,
We read our duty in thy word ;
But in thy life the law appears
Drawn out in living characters.

Thy love of truth, thine ardent zeal,
Thy deference to thy Father's will,
The meekness which around Thee shone,
We would transcribe and make our own.

Cold mountains and the midnight air
Witness'd the fervour of thy prayer;
The desert thy temptations knew,
Thy conflict and thy vict'ry too.

Be Thou our pattern; make us bear
More of thy gracious image here;
And, O! at last our names record
Amongst the children of the Lord !

Christmas.

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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 th'angelic host proclaim,
Christ is born in Bethlehem.
Christ by highest heaven ador'd,
Christ the everlasting Lord,
Late in time behold Him come,
Offspring of a virgin's womb :
Veild in flesh the Godhead He,
Hail th'Incarnate Deity !
Pleas'd as man with man to dwell,
Jesus our Immanuel.
Hail the heaven-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 them second birth.

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BRIGHT and joyful is the morn,
For to us a Child is born ;
From the highest realm of heaven
Unto us a Son is given.

On his shoulder He shall bear
Power and majesty, and wear
On his vesture and his thigh
Names most glorious, names most high.
Wonderful in counsel He,
The Incarnate Deity!
Sire of ages ne'er to cease,
King of kings, and Prince of Peace!
Come and worship at his feet,
Yield to Christ the homage meet,
From his manger to his throne,
Homage due to God alone.

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HIGH let us swell our tuneful notes,

And join th’angelic throng,
For angels no such love have known,

To wake their cheerful song.
Good-will to sinful men is shown,

And peace on earth is given;
For lo! th'Incarnate Saviour comes

With light and life from heaven.
Justice and grace, with sweet accord,

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

To us a Child is born !
Glory to God in highest strains,

In highest worlds be paid ;
His glory by our lips proclaim'd,

And in our lives display'd !

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 :
Israel's strength and consolation,

Hope of all the saints Thou art;
Come, Desire of every nation,

Joy of every longing heart.
Born thy people to deliver,

Born a child, and yet a King;
Born to reign in us for ever,

Now thy gracious kingdom bring:
By thine own eternal Spirit

Rule in all our hearts alone;
By thine all-sufficient merit

Raise us to thy glorious throne.

Circumcision.

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C.M.

O JESU, Saviour, full of grace,

Thou Lord of earth and heaven,
Thy boundless love our souls would trace,

Whose life for us was given.

We bless Thee for that saving Name,

This day assum'd by Thee;
The curse endur'd, with bitter shame,

Our souls from guilt to free.

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