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* III. And thou thine anger didst afswage
that all thy wrath was gone,
thy people unto thee,
v. Shall thy fierce anger never end,
but still be pour'd on us, And shall thy wrath itself extend unto all ages thus? .
VI. In That in thee may thy people joyi
wilt thou not us revive? Shew us thy mercy, Lord, to us. .
thy great salvation give.
Christmas : Christmas Day.
to his he speaketh peace,
is. II. Surely his Jesus is at hand
to such as do him fear, That his great glory in our land may dwell and flourish there. I
. III. . Mercy and truth in him shall meet
Mercy an to take their plained peace
And righteousness hath kissed peace
spring up most pleasantly,
v. Yea, what is good the Lord shall give,
our land shall yield increase ; Justice to set us in his steps Thall go before his face.
In this hymn the Lord Jesus Christ is celebrated for
his beauty, for his majefty, and for the eternal glory of his kingdom. The happy fouls, whom he draws to love him by his word and Spirit, are here spoken of as his bride, uniced to him in a bond of affection never to be broken. The mutual love of this heavenly bridegroom and his bride is here treated of. His affection to her is altogether wonderful: But never to be more admired, than in the miracle of this day. It was the admiration and the joy of angels. Although he took not on him their nature, but ours; yet they had their song ready to welcome him into our world. O that we were as ready today. We have more reason, than they had ; let us try to fing in as high a strain of praise. O for hearts to love him, not as he deserves; that cannot be, but as far as we can. If Christ be indeed formed in us, his birth-day should excite in us every grateful fentiment: And we should now bring him our offering, some fruit of our new birth, even a song of praise to God manifest in the flesh. May we sing of this his marvellous love to-day, and for ever.
a godly fong to fing, The praise that I shall shew therein pertaineth to the King.
his honor to indite
thy lips with grace are pure, For God hath bleffed thee with gifts for ever to endure.
for ever shall remain,
all righteousness maintain.
Because thou didst love right
and didst the ill detest, Therefore hath God anointed thee
with joy above the rest.
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This is another Christmas hymn. It treats of the
glory of the Lord Christ, as displayed in the works of nature, and in the word of grace. The material heavens are a record of his glory, wisdom, power, and goodness; but especially the fun in the heavens is the instituted emblem of the uncreated light: In them hath he set a tabernacle for the fun, which represents Christ's tabernacling among us in a body of Resh; and as the sun communicates light, life, and every material blessing through the world, fo Christ communicates light, and life, and every spiritual blessing through his system. He is as delighted as any happy bridegroom, as able as any strong man to run a race, to send out his light and his truth into
all lands, and his words unto the ends of the world; by which he brings his people to believe in him and to rejoice in his salvation. If he has made his word effectual by the power of his Spirit, then we know the meaning of this sweet hymn, and can see its application to the subject of this day. May this glorious fun of righteousness now arise upon our hearts with his bright beams, and give us clearer knowledge of the great myftery of godlinefs, God manifest in the Aeth. Thus our faith will increase, and we shall fing of his love with growing gratitude. May our song of praise be lengthened out, till in his light we fee and enjoy the light of life everlasting.
I do wondrously declare
by ev'ry days success,
their voice doth not extend,