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When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.-MATT. ii. 10.

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S with gladness men of old

Did the guiding star behold;
As with joy they hailed its light,
Leading onward, beaming bright,

So, most gracious God, inay we

Evermore be led to Thee.
2 As with joyful steps they speil,

Saviour, to Thy lowly bed,
dim

There to bend the knee before
Him whom heaven and earth adore,

So may we with willing feet

Ever seek Thy mercy-seat.
3 As they offered gifts most rare

At Thy cradle rude and bare,
So may we with holy joy,
Pure, and free from sin's alloy,

Alí our costliest treasures bring,

Christ, to Thee, our Heavenly King.
p 4 Holy Jesus, every day

Keep us in the narrow way;
And, when earthly things are past,
Bring our ransomed souls at last

Where they need no star to guide,

Where no clouds Thy glory hide.
f 5 In the heavenly country bright

Need they no created light;
Thou its Light, its Joy, its Crown,
Thou its Sun, which goes not dowu .

There for ever may we sing
Hallelujahs to our King.

W. C. Diac,

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We have seen His star in the east.-MATT. ii. 2.
RIGHTEST and best of the sons of the morning,
Star of the East, the horizon adorning,

Guide where our infant Redeemer is laid.
p 2 Cold on His cradle the dew-drops are shining;

Low lies His head with the beasts of the stall ;
Angels adore Him, in slumber reclining,

Maker and Monarch, and Saviour of all.
3 Say, shall we yield Him, in costly devotion,

Odours of Edom, and offerings divine ;
Gems of the mountain, and pearls of the ocean,

Myrrh from the forest, or gold from the mine?
p 4 Vainly we offer each ample oblation ;

Vainly with gifts would His favour secure ;
Richer by far is the heart's adoration ;

Dearer to God are the prayers of the poor.
s 5 Brightest and best of the sons of the morning,

Dawn on our darkness, and lend us thine aid ;
Star of the East, the horizon adorning,
Guide where our infant Redeemer is laid.

R. Heber.

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mf 1 IMMORTAL

Love, for ever full,

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One is your Master, even Christ.---MATT. xxiii. 8.

p 4 But warm, sweet, tender, even yet

A present help is He ;
For ever shared, for ever whole,

And faith has still its Olivet,
A never-ebbing sea !

And love its Galilee.

5 The healing of His seamless dress 2 Our outward lips confess the vame

Is hy our beds of pain ;
All other names above ;

We touch Him in life's throng and press,
Love only knoweth whence it came,

And we are whole again.
And comprehendeth love.

p 6 Through Him the first fond prayers are 3 We may not climb the heavenly steeps

said
To bring the Lord Christ down ;

Our lips of childhood frame,
In vain we search the lowest deeps, PP The last low whispers of our dead
For Him no depths can drown.

Are burdened with His name.
mf 7 O Lord and Master of us all!

Whate'er our name or sign,
We own Thy sway, we hear Thy call,
We test our lives by Thine.

J, G. Whittier.

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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 ;
We own Thy sway, we hear Thy call, But, dim or clear, we own in Thee
We test our lives by Thine.

The Light, the Truth, the Way! 2 Thou judgest us : Thy purity

2 Apart from Thee all gain is loss,
Doth all our lusts condemn;

All labour vainly done ;
The love that draws us nearer Thee

The solemn shadow of Thy cross
Is hot with wrath to them.

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 ;
Our secret sins are in the light

To turn aside from Thee is hell,
Of Thy pure countenance.

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 ?
We bring our varying gifts to Thee, Nor name, nor forn, nor ritual word,
And Thou rejectest none.

But simply following Thee. 5 To Thee our full humanity,

5 Thy litanies, sweet offices
Its joys, and pains belong;

Of love and gratitude ;
The wrong of man to man on 'Thee

Thy sacramental liturgies,
Inflicts a deeper wrong.

T'he joy of doing good.
6 Deep strike Thy roots, 0 heavenly Vine, 6 The heart must ring Thy Christmas bells,
Within our earthly sod,

Thy inward altars raise,
Most human and yet most Divine,

Its faith and hope Thy canticles,
The flower of man and God !

And its obedience praise.
J. G. Whittier.

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pi O MFAN was y reemo this house of clay,

As we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image

of the heavenly.-1 COR. XV. 49.
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Yet 'twas the Lord's abode ;
Our feet may mourn this thorny way,

Yet here Immanuel trod.
2 This fleshly robe the Lord did wear ;

This watch the Lord did keep ;
These burdens sore the Lord did bear;

These tears the Lord did weep.
3 Our very frailty brings us near

Unto the Lord of heaven;
To every grief, to every tear,

Such glory strange is given.
4 But not this robe of flesh alone

Shall link us, Lord, to Thee;
Not only in the tear and groan

Shall the dear kindred be.
cr 5 Our own will be Thy life divine,

Thine image we shall bear ;
With Thine own glory we shall shine.

In Thine own bliss shall share.
6 O mighty grace, our life to live

To make our earth divine !
O mighty grace, Thy heaven to give,
And lift our life to Thine!

T. H. Gill

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