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IV.-Times and Seasons. 27 -- CHRISTMAS. ADESTE FIDELES. The use of this Christmas hymn only dates from the close of the last century, although it may have been composed a century earlier.
COME, all ye faithful,
Joyful and triumphant,
Come and behold Him
O come, let us adore Him,
Light of Light,
Sing in exultation,
“ Glory to God
Born this happy morning;
Word of the Father,
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him, O come, let us adore Him, Christ the Lord.
28 - CHRISTMAS. HARK! THE HERALD
ANGELS SING. This familiar Christmas hymn was originally written, “ Hark how all the welkin rings," as is shown within brackets, and also in the second verse there is a change. It is printed at the end of the Book of Common Prayer, and is the only Wesleyan hymn thus favoured. Both the hymn and the tune are inseparably associated with the English Christmas.
L ARK! the herald angels sing,
Mild He lays His glory by,
29 — LENT. MISERERE. The penitential psalm (the fifty-first), attributed to David after his sin with Bathsheba, is, perhaps, of all the psalms in the Psalter, that which has helped men most. Mr. Marson says, in his “ Psalms at Work": “None of the other psalms have had half the effect upon men's minds that this one has had. It has a library of its own.” It was the favourite of Aldhelm in the eighth century and of Keble in the nineteenth. HAVE mercy upon me, o God, according to 11 thy lovingkindness; according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my trans. gressions.
Wash me thoroughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.
For I acknowledge my trangressions; and my sin is ever before me.
Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight; that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest.
Behold I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.
Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts; and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom.
Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice.
Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities.
Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.
Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me.
Restore unto me the joy of my salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.
Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee
Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, thou God of my salvation; and my tongue shall sing aloud of thy righteousness.
O Lord, open thou my lips; and my mouth shall show forth thy praise.
For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it; thou delightest not in burnt offering.
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.