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No ear may hear His coming ;

But in this world of sin,
Where meek souls will receive Him, still
The dear Christ enters in.

Philips Brooks.

C.M.D.

I.

103.

Peace on Earth.
IT
T came upon the midnight clear,

That glorious song of old,
From angels bending near the earth

To touch their harps of gold ;
“Peace on the earth, goodwill to men,

From heaven's all-gracious King !”
The world in solemn stillness lay

To hear the angels sing.
2. Still through the cloven skies they come,

With peaceful wings unfurled ;
And still their heavenly music floats

O’er all the weary world.
But man, at war with man, hears not

The love-song which they bring :
O hush the noise, ye men of strife,

And hear the angels sing !
3. And ye, beneath life's crushing load,

Whose forms are bending low,
Who toil along the rugged way,

With painful steps and slow;
Take heart! for glad and golden hours

Come swiftly on the wing ;
O rest beside the weary road,

And hear the angels sing !

4. For lo ! the days are hastening on,

By prophet-bards foretold,
When, with the ever-circling years,

Comes round the age of gold ;-
When peace shall over all the earth

Its undimmed splendours fling,
And the whole world send back the song
Which still the angels sing.

E. H. Scars. 104.

Christmas.

C.M.D.

I.

A
THOUSAND years

have come and gone,
And near a thousand more,
Since happier light from heaven shone

Than ever shone before ;
And in the hearts of old and young

A joy most joyful stirred,
That sent such news from tongue to tongue

As ears had never heard.
2. And we are glad, and we will sing,

As in the days of yore !
Come all, and hearts made ready bring

To welcome back once more
The day when first on wintry earth

A summer change began,
And dawning in a lowly birth

Uprose the Light of man.
3. For trouble such as men must bear

From childhood to fourscore,
Christ shared with us, that we might share

His joy for evermore ;
And twice a thousand years of strife,

Of conflict, and of sin,
May tell how large the harvest-sheaf
His patient love shall win.

T. T. Lynch.

105.

The Voices of the Sky. 8.6.8.6.6.6.6.6.

I.

O LOVELY Voices of the sky

That hymned the Saviour's birth!
Are

ye not singing still on high,
Ye that sang “ peace on earth”?
To us yet speak the strains

Wherewith, in days gone by,
Ye bless'd the Syrian swains,

O Voices of the sky !

2. O clear and shining Light, whose beams

A heavenly glory shed
Around the palms, and o'er the streams,
And on the shepherd's head !
Be near through life and death,

As in that holiest night
Of Hope, and Joy, and Faith,
O clear and shining Light !

Felicia D. Hemans.

106.

Christmas Day.

C.M.

1. TO-DAY be joy in every heart,

For lo ! the angel throng
Once more above the listening earth

Repeats the advent song :

2.

“Peace on the earth, goodwill to men !”

Before us goes the star
That leads us on to holier births

And life diviner far !

F

3. Ye men of strife, forget to-day

Your harshness and your hate;
Too long ye stay the promised years

For which the nations wait !
4. And ye upon the tented field,

Sheathe, sheathe to-day the sword !
By love, and not by might, shall come

The kingdom of the Lord.
5. O star of human faith and hope !

Thy light shall lead us on,
Until it fades in morning's glow,
And heaven on earth is won.

F. L. Hosmer.

C.M.

2.

107.

The Nativity.
1. 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.
3. “To you, in David's town, this day

Is born of David's line
The Saviour, who is Christ the Lord ;

And this shall be the sign.
4."The heavenly Babe you there shall find

To human view displayed,
All meanly wrapt in swathing bands,

And in a manger laid."

5. Thus spake the seraph ; and forth with

Appeared a shining throng
Of angels, praising God, and thus

Addressed their joyful song :

6. “All glory be to God on high,

And to the earth be peace;
Good-will henceforth from heaven to men

Begin, and never cease !"

Glory to God in the highest !
Glory to God!

Nahun Tate.

108.

The Prince of Peace.

L.M.

1. “WHAT means this glory round our feet,"

The magi mused, more bright than

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morn ?"

And voices chanted clear and sweet,

“To-day the Prince of Peace is born."

2.

“What means that star," the shepherds said,

“That brightens through the rocky glen ?" And angels, answering overhead,

Sang, “Peace on earth, good-will to men.”

3. 'Tis eighteen hundred years and more

Since those sweet oracles were dumb; We wait for Him like them of yore;

Alas, He seems so slow to come.

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