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Let your loins be girded about, and your lights burning, and ye yourselves like unto men that wait tor their Lord.--LUKE xii.
Sweet incense breathes around,
The coming Lord to greet;
Awakes her God to meet.
Let Faith, with glistening eye,
Trim up her torch so bright;
Breathe out her glowing light:
Why love to linger here
These guilty days prolong ?-
Be ours his parting song!
And He, whom here by faith we see,
To God, the Father, Son,
And Spirit, glory be;
To all eternity!
The mystery, which hath been hid from ages and from generations, now is made manifest to His saints, to whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery.-Coloss. i.
Who now in helpless infancy
By His own altar lies;
Descended from the skies,
Above, around, their hymns of joy
The viewless Angels sing, And throngs, unseen by human eye,
Adore the infant King. The wondering parents catch the lays, And inly breathe unconscious praise.
Scarce can the raptured spirit bear
The heaven-inspired thought: And Hope, that many a live-long year
The lingering Saviour sought, Transported with the wondrous view, Can scarce believe the vision true.
Thou, whom in tranced ecstasy,
The Prophets dimly scann'd, Art now beheld by mortal eye,
And borne by mortal hand : And, when thou shalt again appear, Shail waken every ear to hear.
Lord, when Thou art ascended high,
And from Thy temple gone,
And watch Thee to Thy throne,-Her mystic touch still feel Thee here,
And in each heart Thine altar rear.
To the Eternal Father be
Eternal praise above: Eternal glory, Lord, to Thee,
Pledge of that Father's love. To Father, Son, and Spirit blest, Coequal glory be addrest.
Christ being come, an High Priest of good things to come, by' a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building ; neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by His own blood He entered in once into the Holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.-HEB. ix.
Tremble, ye Gentile lands,
Bound in the narrow bands
Less than the least esteemid,
Redeemer, yet redeem'd,
Matron of Israel true,
The Mother-maid withdrew,
The Law's accustom'd days
Restrain'd her pious praise, Nor to His presence.court the wondrous infant bore.