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NEEDHAM. Christ the Light of the World. 1 BEHOLD, the Prince of Peace,
The chosen of the Lord, God's well-beloved Son, fulfils
The sure, prophetic word. 2 No royal pomp adorns
This King of righteousness; Meekness and patience, truth and love,
Compose his princely dress. 3 The Spirit of the Lord,
In rich abundance shed,
And rests upon his head. 4 Jesus, thou Light of men,
Thy doctrine life imparts ;
To warm and glad our hearts ! 5 Cheered by its beams, our souls
Shall run the heavenly way: The path which Christ has marked and trod
Will lead to endless day.
COWPER. The happy Change. 1 HOW blest thy creature is, O God,
When, with a single eye,
The day-spring from on high !
2 Through all the storms that veil the skies,
And frown on earthly things, The Sun of righteousness he eyes,
With healing on his wings.
A barren soil no more,
Where serpents lurked before. 4 The soul, a dreary province once
Of Satan's dark domain,
And owns a heavenly reign.
The fruitful year control, Since first obedient to thy word,
He started from the goal,
His orient rays impart;
Can shine upon the heart.
MRS. BARBAULD. Christ's Invitations. 1 COME, said Jesus' sacred voice,
Come and make my paths your choice;
Weary pilgrim, hither come.
Long hast borne the proud world's scorn,
3 Ye who, tossed on beds of pain,
Seek for ease, but seek in vain;
Watch to see the morning rise ; 4 Ye, by fiercer anguish torn,
In remorse for guilt who mourn;
A wounded spirit who can bear? 5 Sinner, come; for here is found
Balm that flows for every wound,
WATTS. The Invitation of the Gospel. 1 LET every mortal ear attend,
And every heart rejoice;
With an inviting voice.
That feed upon the wind,
To fill an empty mind, —
A soul-reviving feast,
The rich provision taste.
And pine away, and die,
With springs that never dry.
5 The happy gates of gospel grace
Stand open night and day:
And drive our wants away.
1 HARK, my soul ; it is the Lord;
'Tis thy Savior; hear his word:
Say, poor sinner, lov'st thou me? 2 " I delivered thee when bound,
And, when bleeding, healed thy wound;
Turned thy darkness into light. 3 " Can a woman's tender care
Cease towards the child she bare ?
Yet will I remember thee.
Higher than the heights above,
Free and faithful, strong as death. 5 - Thou shalt see my glory soon,
When the work of grace is done;
WATTS. Glory and Grace in Christ. 1 NOW to the Lord a noble song ;
Awake, my soul, awake, my tongue ;
And all his boundless love proclaim. 2 See where it shines in Jesus' face,
The brightest image of his grace;
Has all his mightiest works outdone.
Proclaim the wise and powerful God;
Sparkle in every rolling star.
The noblest labor of thine hands;
Outshines the wonders of the skies.
My thoughts rejoice at Jesus' name;
DODDRIDGE. Salvation by Grace. 1 GRACE! 'tis a charming sound,
Harmonious to my ear ;
And all the earth shall hear.