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Mal. iii : 6.

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I am the Lord, I change not. 1 Roll out, O song to God!

Who of the Virgin born,
Move on, ye throngs of men! Made all our chains His own,
Chances and changes come and go; And broke them with His own right
God changeth not! Amen.

arm, And on the throngs of men,

Nor left us more alone.
On worrying care and strife,
Sinks down, as if from angel tongues, 3 Amid the weak, One strong,

Amid the false, One true,
The word of hope and life.

Amid all change, One changing not,

One hope we ne'er shall rue. 2 Down in the darksome ways

In whose sight all is now,
And worrying whirl of life

In whose love all is best :
Sinks, like a strain of vesper-song, The things of this world pass away,

The thought of His great strife, Come, let us in Him rest.

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He hath raised up an horn of salvation for us, as he spake by the mouth of his

A - MEN.

holy prophets. Luke ii: 69, 70.

What Prophets have spoken,

The trial ensures,
By tortures unbroken,

'Tis Love that endures.

1 0 Wonder amazing!

At earth's midnight hour The ages are gazing

In awe at its power ; The great secret telling,

How anguish is stilled, The evil dispelling:

The Word is fulfilled.

2 O hearts that have carried

Your sorrows untold, The Helper that tarried

Come here and behold!

3 O love, ceasing never,

From Thee what can part? What height or depth sever

From Thy bleeding heart?
Now opens the portal,

O blest Jesu mine!
Of mansions immortal,

Of mercy divine.

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And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us. John i : 14.
I All praise to Thee, eternal Lord,

Clothed in garb of flesh and blood ;
Choosing a manger for Thy throne,
While worlds on worlds are Thine alone.

Alleluia.
2 Once did the skies before Thee bow;

Mother-arms contain Thee now ;
Angels who did in Thee rejoice
Now listen for Thine Infant voice.

Alleluia.
3 A little Child, Thou art our guest,

Yet by angels God confessed ;
Forlorn and lowly is Thy birth,
That we may rise to heaven from earth.

Alleluia.
4 Thou comest in the darksome night

That we may be sons of light,
To make us, in the realms divine,
Like all Thine angels, round Thee shine.

Alleluia.
5 All this for us Thy love hath done;

Thus to Thee our love is won ;
For this we tune our cheerful lays,
And shout our thanks in ceaseless praise.

Alleluia.

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Thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins.

Matt. i: 21.

1 How sweet the Name of Jesus sounds!

The Christian's soul it cheers;
It soothes his sorrows, heals his wounds,

And drives away his fears.
2 It makes the wounded spirit whole,

And calms the troubled breast:
'Tis manna to the hungry soul,

And to the weary, rest.
3 Dear Namel the rock on which I build,

My shield and hiding place,
My never-failing treasury, filled

With boundless stores of grace.
4 Though weak the effort of my heart,

And cold my warmest thought,
Yet, when I see Thee as Thou art,

I'll praise Thee as I ought.
5 Till then I would Thy love proclaim

With every fleeting breath;
And may the music of Thy Name

Refresh my soul in death.
6 O Jesus, Shepherd, Father, Friend,

My Prophet, Priest, and King,
My Lord, my Life, my Way, my End!

Accept the praise I bring.

Dox. IV.

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Thou shalt call his name Jesus, for he shall save his people from their sins.

Matt. i : 21.
I To the Name of our Salvation 3 'Tis the Name for adoration,
Laud and honor let us pay,

Name for songs of victory,
Which for many a generation Name for holy meditation

Hid in God's foreknowledge lay, In our days of misery,
But with holy exultation

Name for joyful veneration
We may sing aloud to-day. By the citizens on high.

2 Jesus is the Name we treasure, 4 'Tis the Name that whoso preacheth

Name beyond what words can tell ; Speaks like music to the ear; Nameof gladness, Name of pleasure, Who in prayer this Name beseecheth

Ear and heart delighting well ; Sweetest comfort findeth near ; Nameof sweetness passing measure, Who its perfect wisdom reacheth

Saving us from sin and hell, Heavenly joy possesseth here.

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