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6. In vain our haughty reason swells,
Hymn 16. c. M.
HE Lord! how fearful is his name!
Whilst, with a smile, or with a frown
3. Adoring angels round him fall, In all their shining forms,
His Sovereign eye looks through them all, And pities mortal worms.
4. His bowels to our worthless race
In sweet compassion moves;
He clothes his looks with softest grace,
5. Now let the Lord for ever reign,
6. No more shall peevish passion rise, The tongue no more complain; 'Tis sovereign Love that lends our joys, And love resumes again.
Hymn 17. L. M.
Y God, my Life, thy various praise,
Thy grace employ my thankful tongue,
4. Let endless honours crown thy head;
II. The CHARACTER, ACTIONS, SUFFERINGS, and GLORY of CHRIST. 1. NATIVITY.
Hymn 18. L. M.
The deity and humanity of Christ, John i. 1, 3, 14. and Col. i. 16. and Eph. iii. 9, 10.
RE the blue heav'ns were stretch'd abroad, From everlasting was the Word! With God he was; the word was God, And must divinely be ador’d.
2. By his own pow'r were all things made;
He led the host of morning stars;
4. But lo! he leaves those heav'nly forms,
Christ the wisdom of God.
Prov. viii. 1, 22-23.
The voice of God's eternal Word.
HALL wisdom cry aloud,
2. "I was his chief delight,
3. "Upon the empty air
The earth was balanc'd well:
4. "My busy thoughts at first "On their salvation ran,
"Ere sin was born, or Adam's dust "Was fashion'd to a man.
5. "Then come, receive my grace, "Ye children and be wise,
Happy the man that keeps my ways,
Hymn 20. L. M
God the Son equal with the Father. RIGHT King of glory, dreadful God!
To thee we lift an humble thought, And worship at thine awful feet. 2. Thy pow'r hath form'd, thy wisdom sways All nature with a sov'reign word: And the bright world of stars obeys The will of their superior Lord. 3. Mercy and truth unite in one,
And smiling sit at thy right hand; Eternal justice guards thy throne, And vengeance waits thy dread command. 4. A thousand seraphs strong and bright Stand round the glorious Deity; But who amongst the sons of light, Pretends comparison with thee? 5. Yet there is one of human frame, Jesus, array'd in flesh and blood, Thinks it no arrogance to claim› A full equality with God.
6. There glory shines with equal beams; Their essence is for ever one,
Though they are known by diff'rent names, The Father God, and God the Son,
7: Then let the name of Christ our King
Hymn 21. C. M.
The incarnation of Christ. Luke ii. 14.
Joy, love, and gratitude, combine
2. In heav'n the rapt'rous song began,
The theme, the song, the joy was new,
4. Down thro' the portals of the sky
6. With joy the chorus we'll repeat, "Glory to God on high;
"Good-will and peace are now complete, "Jesus was born to die."
7. Hail, Prince of life, forever hail!
Tho' earth, and time, and life should fail,
Hymn 22. c. M.
For the Nativity of our blessed Lord and Saviour. Luke ii. 8-15.
HILE shepherds watch'd their flocks by [night,
1.W All seated on the ground,
The angel of the Lord came down,
2." Fear not," said he, for mighty dread Had seiz'd their troubled mind;