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206. 11s. M. DRUMMOND.
Prepare ye the Way of the Lord. 1 A voice from the desert comes awful and shrill;
The Lord is advancing! prepare ye the way!
2 Bring down the proud mountain, though tow
ering to heaven, And be the low valley exalted on high : The rough path and crooked be made smooth
and even, For, Zion! your King, your Redeemer is nigh. 3 The beams of salvation his progress illume;
The lone dreary wilderness sings of her Lord; The rose and the myrtle there suddenly bloom, And the olive of peace spreads its branches
207. C. M. CHRISTIAN PSALMIST.
Christ's Coming foretold.
Exalted in my might!
I place supreme delight.
My Spirit shall descend;
To earth's remotest end.
3 Gentle and still shall be his voice;
No threats from him proceed; The smoking flax shall he not quench,
Nor break the bruised reed. 4 The feeble spark to flames he 'll raise;
The weak will not despise ; Judgment he shall bring forth to truth,
And make the fallen rise.
Shall never know decline,
Receive the law divine.
SPIRIT OF THE PSALMS. The Day-Spring from on High. Ps. 130. 1 Great God, wert thou extreme to mark
The deeds we do amiss,
Who claim thy promised bliss ?
Thy love surpasseth thought;
And peace and pardon brought.
The dawning of the day,
Their holy vows to pay;
That great and glorious morn,
Auspiciously should dawn.
3 On us the Sun of Righteousness
Its brightest beams hath poured ;
Lord, be thy love adored ;
To that more glorious day,
And grief, shall flee away.
DODDRIDGE. Christ's Message. 1 HARK, the glad sound! the Saviour comes !
The Saviour promised long!
voice a song.
Exerts its sacred fire;
His holy breast inspire.
To clear the mental ray;
To pour celestial day.
The bleeding soul to cure;
Enrich the humble poor.
Thy welcome shall proclaim ; And heaven's eternal arches ring
With the beloved name.
210. C. M.
Let earth receive her King ;
And heaven and nature sing.
Let men their songs employ; While fields and floods, rocks, hills and plains
Repeat the sounding joy.
Nor thorns infest the ground;
As far as sin is found.
And makes the nations prove The glories of his righteousness,
And wonders of his love.
211. S. M. NEEDHAM.
Christ the Light of the World. 1 BEHOLD the Prince of Peace !
The chosen of the Lord,
The sure prophetic word. 2 No royal pomp adorns
This King of Righteousness :
3 The Spirit of the Lord,
In rich abundance shed,
And rests upon his head. 4 Jesus, the light of men !
His doctrine life imparts;
To warm and glad our hearts ! 5 Cheered by its beams, our souls
Shall run the heavenly way: The path which Christ has marked and trod,
Will lead to endless day.
212. L. M. Bp. HEBER.
The Last Advent of Christ. 1 The Lord will come! the earth shall quake,
The hills their fixed seat forsake;
The stars withdraw their feeble light.
As once in lowly form he came,
The bruised, the suffering, and the dead. 3 The Lord will come! a dreadful form,
With wreath of flame, and robe of storm,
Anointed Judge of human kind!
A pilgrim on the world's high way;