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Christ is now at hand, behold,
Who His power defieth ?
On the earth he lieth:
He, who, fill'd with threatnings, sped,
Chains and death preparing; By a gentle hand is led,
With a child-like bearing; Like a raging wolf he came; But he goes a gentle lamb.
Lord, men's hearts in sternest mood
Open lie before Thee;
Would blot out Thy glory.
Praise the Father, by whose might
Life to us is given;
We are born to Heaven;
Nevertheless, I live, yet not I, but Christ liveth in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh, 1 live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave Himself for me.-Gal. ii.
Lord, from out Thy glorious skies,
Where Thy palace lies,
Brings Thee again to earth?
What foe doth call Thee forth?
With defying mien and tread
Hastes a warrior dread;
What hand can succor lend ?
No pitying form doth bend.
Forth hath gone one awful sound,
And the world is bound, With Saul laid suppliant on the ground.
At morn went forth to slay The ravening wolf of Benjamin, But with the sheep, when eve comes in,
He shall divide the prey.
Through all climes His glory plant !
Through all ages chant!
As is and aye hath been !
The Triune God unseen!
On the Presentation of Christ in the
OR, THE PURIFICATION OF THE VIRGIN MARY.
Behold, I will send My messenger, and He shall prepare the way before me; and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to His temple, even the Messenger of the Covenant, whom ye delight in.Behold, He shall come, saith the Lord of Hosts. -MAL. iii.
Sion, ope thy hallowed dome:
Flocks and herds shall bleed no more,
Virgin pure, thy downcast eye
Whilst to Heaven Thy pious love
Sire and sister, age and youth
Glory be to Father, Son,