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2 When Jesus enters meek and lowly,

To fill the home with sweetest peace;
When hearts have felt His blessing holy,

And found from sin complete release,
Then light and calm within shall reign,

And hearts divided love again.
3 When Jesus enters land and nation,

And moves the people with His love,
When yielding to His kind persuasion,

Our hearts His truth and blessings prove,
Then shall our life on earth be blest
The peace of God on us shall rest.
4 When Jesus comes, O blessed story!

He works a change in heart and life;
God's kingdom comes with power and glory

To young and old, to man and wife;
Through sacrament and living word,

Faith, love and hope are now conferred.
5 Then stilled are cries and lamentation,

Then loosed is every Satan's band,
In death is hope and consolation,

The soul is safe in Jesus' hand:
When we shall walk through death's dark vale

His rod and staff shall never fail.
6 O may He soon to every nation

Find entrance where He is unknown,
With life and light and full salvation

That heathendom may be o’erthrown,
And healing to the hearts may come

In heathen land and Christian home!
7 Behold, He at the door is knocking!

Hark, how He pleads our souls to win!
Who hears His voice-- the door unlocking-

To sup with him He enters in!
How blest the day, my soul, how blest!

When Jesus comes to be thy guest!
8 Behold, He at the door is calling,

O heed, my soul, what He doth say;
Deny Him not- O thought appalling-

And turn Him not from thee away.
My soul gives answer deep within:

Thou blessed of the Lord, come in.
9 Come Thou who spreadest joy and gladness,

Forever bide with me and mine,
And bring to those who sit in sadness

And gloom of death Thy light divine:
A voice comes from my soul within;
Thou blessed of the Lord, come in!

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Hark the glad sound! the Sav-ior comes, The Sav - ior promised long:

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A - wake and hearken, for he brings Glad tid-ings of

the King of kings.

2 Then cleansed be every Christian

breast And furnished for so great a guest; Yea, let us each our hearts prepare

For Christ to come and enter there. 3 For Thou art our salvation, Lord,

Our refuge and our great reward; Without Thy grace we waste away, Like flowers that wither and decay.

4 To heal the sick stretch out Thine

hand, And bid the fallen sinner stand; Once more upon Thy people shine,

And fill the world with love divine. 5 All praise, eternal Son, to Thee,

Whose advent set Thy people free:
Whom with the Father we adore,
And Holy Ghost, for evermore.

C. Coffin, 1736

Christmas Eve

177 8, 3, 3, 6, 8, 3, 3, 6.

J. G. Ebeling, 1666

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2 Hark, a voice from yonder manger,

Soft and sweet,

Doth entreat,
“Flee from woe and danger;
Brethren, come; from all that grieves you

You are freed;

All you need
I will surely.give you."
3 Come then, let us hasten yonder,

Here let all,

Great and small,
Kneel in awe and wonder;
Love Him who with love is yearning;

Hail the Star

That from far
Bright with hope is burning.
4 Ye who pine in weary sadness,

Weep no more,

For the door
Now is found of gladness:
Cling to Him, for He will guide you

Where no cross,

Pain or loss
Can again betide you.

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