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And, lo, the threefold band,
That by yon altar stand! Childhood, and age, and virgin purity :
She, mother undefild,
And He, her Heaven-born child, And age, at such a sight, content in peace to die.
But, ah! what sorrows fierce,
What sword that heart shall pierce, Oh, born for keenest throb of deepest woe!
See they,--old Symeon's eyes,
Another altar rise, And from this Holy Lamb th'atoning life-blood
in childhood weak, All innocent and meek, Death's dark wing hovers o'er His holy head :
And soon to manhood's bloom
His sorrowing years shall come, And soon for gullty man His guiltless blood be
To God the Father, Son,
And Spirit, Three in One,
To Thee, blest Trinity,
Eternal glory be ; Pure be our hearts, and ceaseless be our praise.
On the Annunciation of the Blessed
Sing and rejoice, o daughter of Zion; for, lo, I come, and I will dwell in the midst of thee, saith the Lord, ZECH. ii.
This is the festal light,
We were all in ruin'd plight,
Our earth hath trod,
To bring us back to God,
He makes us His abode.
All worship let us bring;
The angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favored; the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women.-LUKE I.
The herald lights from Heav'n on golden wing,
Doth fill the Virgin's womb.
Thee, from that wondrous and stupendous birth
Makes thee the heavenly gate.
Thus moulded by the Spirit's holy flame,
The flesh of Christ is made.
Thus He, who, ere the course of time began,
Food temper'd to his wants.
To praise His Name, till time his course hath run, To praise His Name, all worlds shall find a tongue; To praise His Name, the Father, Spirit, Son,
Shall ever be our song.
St. John in the Xsland of Patmos.
I John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in the Isle that is called Patmos, for the word of God and for the testimony of Jesus Ghrist.-Rev. i.
John, by a tyrant's stern command,