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Oh come ye, come hither,
To worship the Lord.
He comes from the skies ;
To Bethlehem hasten, etc.
All singing in heaven, “To God in the highest All glory be given !”
To Bethlehem hasten, etc.
This day of Thy birth,
Through heaven and earth;
Omnipotent Word !
To worship the Lord ! Anon. (Latin, 17th Cent.) Tr. E. Caswall-Schaff. 187
7s.81. HARK! the herald angels sing,
Glory to the new-born King ;
Glory to the new-born King."
2 Christ, by highest heaven adored ;
Christ, the everlasting Lord ;
“Glory to the new-born King." 3 Hail, the heaven-born Prince of Peace !
Hail, the Sun of Righteousness !
Glory to the new-born King.
Version ; J. Kempthorne.
2 He, the mighty King, has come,
Making this poor earth His home ;
He has come, whose name of grace
Son of Mary, Son of God. 3 Unto us a child is born ;
Ne'er has earth beheld a morn
8s, 7s. 81. HARK! what mean those holy voices,
Sweetly sounding through the skies? Lo! th' angelic host rejoices,
Heavenly alleluias rise.
Which they chant in hymns of joy :
Glory be to God most high ! 3 “Peace on earth, good-will from heaven,
Reaching far as man is found, Souls redeemed, and sins forgiven,
Loud our golden harps shall sound. 4. “ Christ is born, the great Anointed :
Heaven and earth His glory sing ; Glad receive whom God appointed
For your Prophet, Priest, and King. 5 “Hasten, mortals, to adore Him ;
Learn His name, and taste His joy ; Till in heaven ye sing before Him,
‘Glory be to God most High !!!
6 Let us learn the wondrous story
Of our great Redeemer's birth ! Spread the brightness of His glory Till it cover all the earth.
J. Cawood. 190
10s. 61. CHRISTIANS, awake, salute the happy morn, Whereon the Saviour of mankind was born; Rise to adore the mystery of love, Which hosts of angels chanted from above; With them the joyful tidings first begun
Of God incarnate and the Virgin's Son. 2 Then to the watchful shepherds it was told, Who heard the angelic herald's voice :
“Behold, I bring good tidings of a Saviour's birth To you and all the nations upon earth : This day hath God fulfilled His promised
word, This day is born a Saviour, Christ the
Lord.” 3 He spake; and straightway the celestial
choir In hymns of joy, unknown before, con
spire : The praises of redeeming love they sang, And heaven's whole arch with alleluias
rang : God's highest glory was their anthem still,
Peace upon earth, and unto men good-will. 4 To Bethlehem straight the happy shepherds
ran, To see the wonder God had wrought for
And found, with Joseph and the blessed
Her Son, the Saviour, in a manger laid ; Amazed the wondrous story they proclaim, The earliest heralds of the Saviour's name.
5 Let us, like these good shepherds, then em
ploy Our grateful voices to proclaim the joy; Trace we the Babe, who hath retrieved our
loss, From His poor manger to His bitter cross ; Treading His steps, assisted by His grace, Till man's first heavenly state again takes place.
J. Byrom. 191
While worlds on worlds are Thine alone. 2 Once did the skies before Thee bow :
A virgin's arms contain Thee now;
Now listen for Thine infant voice. 3 A little child, Thou art our guest,
That weary ones in Thee may rest
That we may rise to heaven from earth. 4 Thou comest in the darksome night,
To make us children of the light,
Like Thine own angels, round Thee shine. 5 All this for us Thy love hath done;
By this to Thee our love is won ;