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Jan desinant suspiria.

1 GOD from on high hath heard,

Let sighs and sorrows cease ;
The skies unfold, and lo !

Descends the gift of Peace.
Hark! on the midnight air

Celestial voices swell;
The hosts of heaven proclaim,

“ God comes on earth to dwell.”


Haste with the shepherds ; see

The mystery of grace.
A manger bed-a Child,

Is all the eye can trace.
Is this the Eternal Son,

Who on the starry throne,
Before the worlds began,

Ruled glorious and alone ?

3 Yea, faith can pierce the cloud

Which shrouds His glory now;
And hails Him Lord and God,

To whom the Angels bow.
To God the Father, Son,

And Spirit, glory be ;
Of Virgin-mother born,

All glory, Christ, to Thee! Amen.

1 ANGELS, from the realms of glory,

Wing your flight o'er all the earth!
Ye who sang creation's story,
Now proclaim Messiah's Birth!

Come and worship,
Worship Christ, the new-born King !
2 Shepherds, in the field abiding,

Watching o'er your flocks by night,
God with man is now residing,
Yonder shines the Infant-Light:

Come and worship,
Worship Christ, the new-born King!
3 Sages, leave your contemplations,

Brighter visions beam afar ;
Seek the great Desire of nations ;
Ye have seen His natal star:

Come and worship,
Worship Christ, the new-born King!
4 Saints, before the altar bending,

Watching long in hope and fear,
Suddenly the Lord, descending,
In His Temple shall appear:

Come and worship,
Worship Christ, the new-born King !
5 Sinners, wrung with true repentance,

Doomed for guilt to endless pains,
Justice now revokes the sentence,
Mercy calls you-break your chains :

Come and worship,
Worship Christ, the new-born King !

7. Montgomery.


o qui tuo, dux martyrum.
FIRST of Martyrs, he whose name
Does the golden crown proclaim ;
Not of flowers that fade away
Woven is that crown to-day.

2 Bright the stones, which bruise him, gleam,

Sprinkled with his life-blood's stream ;
Stars around a sainted head
Never could such radiance shed.

3 Every wound upon his brow

Sparkles with unearthly glow;
Like an angel's is his face,

Beaming with celestial grace. 4 Blest to be the first to fall,

Slain for Him who bled for all ;
First like Him in dying hour

Witness to Almighty power ;
5 First to follow where He trod,

Through the Red Sea of His blood ;
First; but on his footsteps press

Saints and martyrs numberless. 6 Praise to Father and to Thee,

Fount of grace and sanctity ;
Glory to the Holy Ghost,
From the saints and heavenly host.




THE Son of God goes forth to war,

A kingly crown to gain ;
His blood-red banner streams afar:

Who follows in His train ?


Who best can drink His



Triumphant over pain,
Who patient bears His cross below,

He follows in His train.

3 The Martyr, first, whose eagle eye

Could pierce beyond the grave ;
Who saw his Master in the sky,

And called on Him to save.

4. Like Him, with pardon on his tongue,

In midst of mortal pain,
He prayed for them that did the wrong:

Who follows in his train ?

5 A glorious band, the chosen few,

On whom the Spirit came ;
Twelve valiant saints, their hope they knew,

And mocked the cross and flame.

6 They met the tyrant's brandished steel,

The lion's gory mane ;
They bowed their necks the death to feel :

Who follows in their train ?

7 A noble army, men and boys,

The matron and the maid,
Around the Saviour's throne rejoice,

In robes of light arrayed.
8 They climbed the steep ascent of heaven,

Through peril, toil, and pain;
O God! to us may grace be given
To follow in their train! Amen.

Bp. R. Heber.


St. John the Evangelist's Day.

WORD Supreme, before creation

Born of God eternally,
Who didst will for our salvation

To be born on earth, and die;
Well Thy saints have kept their station,

Watching till Thine hour drew nigh. 2 Now, 'tis come, and faith espies Thee ;

Like an eaglet in the morn,
One in steadfast worship eyes Thee,

Thy beloved, Thy latest born:
In Thy glory he descries Thee

Reigning from the tree of scorn. 3 He first, hoping and believing,

Did beside the grave adore;
Latest he, the warfare leaving,

Landed on th' eternal shore;
And his witness we receiving

Own Thee Lord for evermore.

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