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""T is sweet to Him who treasures love divine, The coasts with zeal of palmer old to trace,, Hills, vales and streams of holy Palestine,
And mark in every ancient hallowed place What rays of glory wont of old to shine,
What acts of wonder, and what words of grace : How here the mourner heard glad news of rest, Here the deaf ear the Saviour's presence blest, The sightless eye beheld, the speechless tongue confest.
"And sweet to them whose bounded lot at home Constrains their steps in quietude to stay, Yea, sweet it is to them, afar to roam
In thought, companions of the palmer's way,And to the mother land of Christendom,
The debt of more than patriot fondness pay,-
Or thy once glorious towns, thrice favored Galilee ?"
BIRTH OF JOHN THE BAPTIST.
"The day-spring from on high hath visited us."-Luke i. 78. I.
TOILING through the livelong night,
Thus, when fraud and rapine threw
Broke the dawn of Judah's star.
Tears of joy and gratitude
Hailed the Baptist's natal morn,
Born to go before the face
Of Judea's Saviour king;
To the mourning land to bring.
Thus began the song of praise
S. G. Bulfinch.
THY servants in the temple watched
Their holy vows to pay;
That great and glorious morn, When the glad day-spring from on high Auspiciously should dawn.
On us the Sun of Righteousness
And let us look with joyful hope
Spirit of the Psalms.
BIRTH OF JESUS.
ST Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace; good will
- Luke ii. 14.
No war or battle's sound
Was heard the world around, No hostile chiefs to furious combat ran; But peaceful was the night
In which the Prince of light
His reign of peace upon the earth began.
The shepherds on the lawn,
In social circle sat, while all around
Or cropped the flowery food,
Or slept, or sported on the verdant ground.
When lo! with ravished ears,
Sweet music, offspring of no mortal hand;
Answering the stringed noise,
With blissful rapture charmed the listening band.