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Hark! how that voice swells clearly out
Dispelling every darkling doubt; See how earth's shadowy visions fly,
As Christ comes glorious from on high.
Spring up thou soul from slumbers deep;
Wake from thy sinful earthly sleep ; There shines in heaven a better day,
And blessings fall, with every ray.
The Lamb deserts His home on High
To bear a world's iniquity ;
Entreat we then His pardoning grace.
So when again He draweth near,
And earth is trembling all with fear; We shall not seek our guilt to hide,
But press to His protecting side.
To Father, Son, and Holy Ghost,
Be honor, power, and glory given; Sung by the universal Host,
And sung for aye in Earth and Heaven.
Come Redeemer of the nations;
Thou the Virgin's mystic Birth, Wonder of all generations,
God, most meetly born on earth.
Not in carnal union given ;
By the Spirit's mystery, Flesh is made the Word from Heaven,
And the promised Seed draws nigh.
God is man, in way most holy,
Pure from every stain abhorred; And the Virgin's breast all lowly,
Is the temple of the Lord.
God and man for aye united,
In the Christ the only Son;
All in Him are joined in one.*
From the Father's glory bending,
He again with Him shall stand;
Rise in life to God's right hand.
Equal Son of God Eternal,
Put our human nature on;
Strengthening us, when life is won.
Brightly gleams Thy holy manger,
And new glories gild the night;
We shall dwell in fadeless light.
* Changed from the original.
Glory to our God be given,
To the Son and Paraclete; Worshipped evermore in Heaven,
With due praise and honors meet.
Wymns for Christmastide.
Jesu ! Redeemer of the earth,
Remember, O Creator Blest !
Thou took'st man's nature undefiled;
Stars, earth, and all the spreading sea,
Jesu ! the Virgin-born to Thee,