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Suddenly from heaven
Came an angel fair,
To her threshold flying,
Halting gently there.

Mary, pale and trembling,
To the angel said:
"What can be thy message
To me, Mary, maid?

And the angel answered:
"Hearken unto me,
Thou that art a maiden
Shalt a mother be!

66 Blessed among women,
Thou shalt bear a Son,
And the LORD will give Him
Father David's throne."

Mary knelt at even,

Praying to the LORD:

"Be it to me, Father,

According to Thy word."

(B.) "THE MESSAGE TO THE SHEPHERDS."

Beside their flocks the shepherds watched
That holy Christmas night,

When lo! the angel of the LORD
Shone on their dazzled sight.

"Fear not," he cried, "of joy and peace
Glad tidings do I bring,

In Bethlehem a new-born Babe,
Lies CHRIST your heavenly King."

"And this shall be a guiding sign

To you and nations all,

The holy Babe you there shall find,
Laid in a humble stall."

And suddenly the hosts of heav'n
Shone on their wond'ring eyes,
And raised a song of holy praise
That echoed through the skies.
Then marvelled all the shepherds sore,
What was this wondrous thing;
To Bethlehem they took their way,
And there they found their King."

(C.)-" CRADLE SONG OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN."

Sleep, my Babe, and o'er Thee

Angels vigil keep;

Silent they adore Thee,

Sleep, my Baby, sleep.

JESU, sleep, Thy mother
Holds Thee in her arm;
May the love she bears Thee
Shield Thee safe from harm.

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Sleep, my Babe, still dreaming
Of Thy home above;
Whence Thou cam'st to save us
By Thy Father's love.

Earthly pomp may tempt Thee,
Earthly sin assail;

But the Tempter's legions
Shall in terror quail.

"Thou shalt suffer torment,
Thou Thy life shalt give;
"Thou shalt die for sinners,
"That the sinners live.

JESU, Thou shalt triumph,
Glorious Thou shalt rise;
Thou shalt come to judge us,
Throned in the skies.

Sleep, my Babe, and o'er Thee
Angels vigil keep;

Silent they adore Thee,

Sleep, my Baby, sleep.

(D.) "GLORIA IN EXCELSIS."
Glory to GOD in the highest,
Glory to God let us sing;
Glory to GOD in His Heaven,
Glory to Jesus, our King.
Glory to GOD in the highest,
Peace on this earth here below;
JESUS has come to redeem us,

To free us from sin and from woe.
As love is the law in the heavens,
So love shall be law upon earth;
By love shall each man be a free-man,
Born anew by the heav'nly birth.
Glory to GOD in the highest,
Glory to God let us sing;

Glory to GOD in His Heaven,

Glory to JESUS, our King. Amen.

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BARNBY.

JEREMIAH X. 10. The LORD is the true God, He is the living GOD, and our everlasting King; at His wrath the earth shall tremble. Amen.

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BARNBY.

PSALM Ixv. 9. Thou visitest the earth and blessest it: Thou makest it very plenteous.

II. Thou waterest her furrows, Thou sendest rain into the little valleys thereof: Thou makest it soft with the drops of rain, and blessest the increase of it.

12. Thou crownest the year with Thy goodness, and Thy clouds drop fatness.

ISAIAH XXV. 1. O LORD, Thou art my GOD; I will exalt Thee, I will praise Thy Name. Thou art my GOD, and I will praise Thee: Thou art my GOD, I will exalt Thee; for Thou hast done wonderful things; Thy counsels of old are faithfulness and truth.

PSALM CVI. I. O give thanks unto the LORD, for He is gracious: His mercy endureth for ever.

BARNBY.

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While Shepherds watched their flocks by night,
All seated on the ground,

The angel of the LORD came down,
And glory shone around.

"Fear not," said he, for mighty dread
Had seized their troubled mind,
"Glad tidings of great joy I bring
To you and all mankind.

"To you, in David's town, this day,
Is born of David's line

A SAVIOUR, Who is CHRIST the LORD,
And this shall be the sign:

"The Heavenly Babe ye there shall find
To human view displayed,

All meanly wrapped in swathing-bands,
And in a manger laid."

Thus spake the seraph, and forthwith.
Appeared a shining throng
Of angels, praising GOD, who thus
Addressed their joyful song:

"All glory be to GOD on high,

And in the earth be peace;

Good-will henceforth from heaven to men

Begin and never cease!" [Amen.]

BARNBY, BEST, ELVEY, MARTIN.

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ISAIAH lv. 12. Ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the fields shall clap their hands.

ST. JOHN iv. 35. Lift up your eyes, and look upon the fields, for they are white already to harvest.

JOEL iii. 13. For the harvest is ripe and the presses are filled.

ISAIAH XXXII. 20. O blessed are ye that sow beside all waters. i. 19. If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land; for I am the LORD thy GOD.

BARNBY.

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Our God is LORD of the harvest ;

The whole earth is His, and the fruits of the earth. Then praise the LORD for His power and His goodness.

O LORD GOD, LORD of the harvest,

We praise Thee with heart and with voice,

The treasures of earth and the treasures of heaven
Are Thine, and to Thee all praise shall be given.
Then thank ye the LORD, our Father above,
For He giveth food to His creatures in love.
O LORD GOD, Father above,

We thank Thee for all Thy love.

For seed-time and harvest, for sunshine and showers,
Rich fruits, ripe grain, and sweet smelling flowers.

Amen.

MUNDELLA.

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Blessed city, heavenly Salem,
Vision dear of peace and love,
Who of living stones art builded
In the height of heaven above,
And, with angel hosts encircled,
As a bride dost earthward move;

To this temple, where we call Thee,
Come, O LORD of Hosts, to-day;
With Thy wonted loving-kindness
Hear Thy servants, as they pray;
And Thy fullest benediction

Shed within its walls alway.

Here vouchsafe to all Thy servants
What they ask of Thee to gain,
What they gain from Thee for ever
With the Blessed to retain,

And hereafter in Thy glory

Evermore with Thee to reign.

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