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When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.-MATT. ii. 10.
S with gladness men of old
Did the guiding star behold;
So, most gracious God, inay we
Evermore be led to Thee.
Saviour, to Thy lowly bed,
There to bend the knee before
So may we with willing feet
Ever seek Thy mercy-seat.
At Thy cradle rude and bare,
Alí our costliest treasures bring,
Christ, to Thee, our Heavenly King.
Keep us in the narrow way;
Where they need no star to guide,
Where no clouds Thy glory hide.
Need they no created light;
There for ever may we sing
W. C. Diac,
Epipbany bymn. (FIRST TUNE.] 18.104.22.168. (dactylic).
J. F. THRUPP.
A - men.
We have seen His star in the east.-MATT. ii. 2.
Guide where our infant Redeemer is laid.
Low lies His head with the beasts of the stall ;
Maker and Monarch, and Saviour of all.
Odours of Edom, and offerings divine ;
Myrrh from the forest, or gold from the mine?
Vainly with gifts would His favour secure ;
Dearer to God are the prayers of the poor.
Dawn on our darkness, and lend us thine aid ;
Love, for ever full,
One is your Master, even Christ.---MATT. xxiii. 8.
p 4 But warm, sweet, tender, even yet
A present help is He ;
And faith has still its Olivet,
And love its Galilee.
5 The healing of His seamless dress 2 Our outward lips confess the vame
Is hy our beds of pain ;
We touch Him in life's throng and press,
And we are whole again.
p 6 Through Him the first fond prayers are 3 We may not climb the heavenly steeps
Our lips of childhood frame,
Are burdened with His name.
Whate'er our name or sign,
J, G. Whittier.
93 In Him was life, and the life was the 194 I am the way, the Truth, and the Life.light of men.-JOHN i. 4.
JOHN xiv. 6. 10 LORD and Master of us all!
1 E faintly hear, we dimly see,
In differing phrase we pray ;
The Light, the Truth, the Way! 2 Thou judgest us : Thy purity
2 Apart from Thee all gain is loss,
All labour vainly done ;
The solemn shadow of Thy cross
Is better than the sun. 3 Our thoughts lie open to Thy sight, 3 Alone, O Love ineffable ! And naked to Thy glance,
Thy saving name is given ;
To turn aside from Thee is hell,
To walk with Thee is heaven! 4 Yet, weak and blinded though we be, 4 Our Friend, our Brother, and our Lord, Thou dost our service own;
What may Thy service be ?
But simply following Thee. 5 To Thee our full humanity,
5 Thy litanies, sweet offices
Of love and gratitude ;
Thy sacramental liturgies,
T'he joy of doing good.
Thy inward altars raise,
Its faith and hope Thy canticles,
And its obedience praise.
J. G. Whit
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E. G. Moxk.
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As we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image
of the heavenly.-1 COR. XV. 49.
Yet 'twas the Lord's abode ;
Yet here Immanuel trod.
This watch the Lord did keep ;
These tears the Lord did weep.
Unto the Lord of heaven;
Such glory strange is given.
Shall link us, Lord, to Thee;
Shall the dear kindred be.
Thine image we shall bear ;
In Thine own bliss shall share.
To make our earth divine !
T. H. Gill