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2 The answering hills of Palestine
Send back the glad reply,
And greet from all their holy heights
The Day-spring from on high:
O'er the blue depths of Galilee
There comes a holier calm;
And Sharon waves in solemn praise
Her silent groves of palm.

3 "Glory to God!" the lofty strain
The realm of ether fills;
How sweeps the song of solemn joy
O'er Judah's sacred hills!

Gottfried W. Fink, 1842

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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, conspire;
The praises of redeeming love they sang,
And heaven's whole orb with alleluias rang:
God's highest glory was their anthem still,
Peace upon earth, and mutual good will.

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(See also NATIVITY, No. 147)

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2 Joy to the earth! the Saviour reigns: Let men their songs employ; While fields and floods, rocks, hills, 4 He rules the world with truth and grace,

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He comes to make His blessings flow
Far as the curse is found.

And makes the nations prove
The glories of His righteousness.
And wonders of His love.

Psalm xcviii. Rev. Isaac Watts, 1719

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182 EPHRATAH C. M. D.

1 A thousand years have come and gone, And near

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For news that men should be as they,
To darkened earth they bore;
So toiling men and spirits bright
A first communion had,
And in meek mercy's rising light
Were each exceeding glad.

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As in the days of yore;

Come all, and hearts made ready bring,
To welcome back once more

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Copyright, 1895, by The Trustees of The Presbyterian Board of Publication and Sabbath-School Work

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The day when first on wintry earth
A summer change began,
And, dawning in a lowly birth,
Uprose the Light of man.

4 For trouble such as men must bear
From childhood to fourscore,

He shared with us, that we might share
His joy for evermore;

And twice a thousand years of grief,
Of conflict, and of sin,
May tell how large the harvest sheaf
His patient love shall win.

Rev. Thomas T. Lynch, 1868

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