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August 01, 2005

131R All Beautiful the March of Days

FOREST GREEN (C.M.D)

1. All beau-ti-ful the march of days, as sea-sons come and go;
The hand that shaped the rose has wrought the crys-tal of the snow;
and sent the hoar-y frost of heav'n, the flow-ing wa-ters sealed,
and laid a si-lent love-li-ness on hill and wood and field.


2. O'er white ex-pan-ses spark-ling pure the ra-diant morns un-fold;
The sol-emn splen-dors of the night burn bright-er than the cold;
Life mounts in eve-ry throb-bing vein, love deep-ens round the hearth,
and clear-er sounds the an-gel hymn, 'Good will to all on earth.'


3. O One from whose un-fath-omed law the year in beau-ty flows,
whose self the vi-sion pass-ing by in crys-tal and in rose,
day un-to day does ut-ter speech, and night to night pro-claim,
in ev-er chang-ing words of light, the won-der of The Name.


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August 03, 2005

132R Another Year of Setting Suns

AULD LANG SYNE (L.M.)

1. An-oth-er year of set-ting suns,
of stars by night re-vealed,
of spring-ing grass, of ten-der buds
by win-ter's snow con-cealed.

2. An-oth-er year of sum-mer's glow,
of au-tumn's gold and brown,
of wav-ing fields, and rud-dy fruit
the bran-ches weigh-ing down.

3. An-oth-er year of hap-py work,
that bet-ter is than play,
of sim-ple cares, and love that grows
more sweet from day to day.

4. An-oth-er year to fol-low hard,
where bet-ter souls have trod,
an-oth-er year of life's de-light,
an-oth-er year of God.


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August 04, 2005

133R Tis Winter Now, the Fallen Snow

Words: Samuel Longfellow, alt. REH (2005)Music: DEUS TUORUM MILITUM (L.M.D.), Grenoble Antiphoner (1753); Original tune: BROCKHAM (L.M.), Jeremiah Clark (1709)

DEUS TUORUM MILITUM (L.M.D.)

1. ’Tis win-ter now; the fall-en snow
has left the heavens all cold-ly clear;
Through leaf-less boughs the sharp winds blow,
and all the earth lies dead and drear;
And yet God’s love is not with-drawn;
The Life with-in the keen air breathes,
and Beau-ty paints the crim-son dawn,
and clothes the boughs with glitter-ing wreaths.


2. And though a-broad the sharp winds blow,
and skies are chill, and frosts are keen,
home clos-er draws a cir-cle now,
and warm-er glows the light with-in;
O God! Who does give the win-ter’s cold
as well as sum-mer’s joy-ous rays,
us warm-ly in your love en-fold,
and keep us through life’s win-try days.

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August 05, 2005

134R The Glory of the Spring, How Sweet

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August 06, 2005

134S The Glory of the Spring How Sweet

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August 07, 2005

135R Spring Has Now Unwrapped the Flowers

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August 08, 2005

136R I Walk Amidst Thy Beauty Forth

MORNING SONG (CONSOLATION)(C.M.D.)

1. I walk a-midst the beau-ty forth,
my joy high praise de-clares;
O bless-ings from the bloom-ing earth,
I drink the ver-nal airs.
Those old e-ter-nal hills di-vine,
what migh-ty cheer they breathe!
What ful-ness of de-light sub-lime
the sol-emn stars be-queath!

2. Each won-der of God's hand still makes
my glad-ness fresh and strong;
The glo-ry of my God still wakes
the glo-ry of my song.
When cheer and strength my heart does lack,
and glad-ness makes me whole,
a-midst the sum-mer I win back,
the sum-mer of my soul.

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August 09, 2005

137R Once More the Liberal Year Laughs Out

SUSSEX CAROL (8.8.8.8.8.8.)

1. Once more the lib-eral year laughs out
o'er rich-er stores than gems or gold;
Once more with har-vest song and shout
is na-ture's blood-less tri-umph told.
Our com-mon Mo-ther rests and sings,
like Ruth, a-mong her gar-nered sheaves;
Her lap is full of good-ly things,
her brow is bright with au-tumn leaves.
To see our Fa-ther's hand once more
re-verse for us the plen-teous horn
of au-tumn, filled and run-ning o'er
with fruit, and flower, and gold-en corn!

2. We shut our eyes, the flowers bloom on;
We mur-mur, but the corn-ears fill,
we choose the sha-dow, but the sun
that casts it shines be-hind us still.
God gives us with our rug-ged soil
the power to make it E-den's prayer,
and rich-er fruits to crown our toil
than sum-mer-wedd-ed is-lands bear.
Oh, fav-ors eve-ry year made new!
Oh, gifts with rain and sun-shine sent
the boun-ty ov-er-runs our due,
the ful-ness shames our dis-con-tent.


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August 10, 2005

138R The Summer Days Are Come Again

FOREST GREEN (C.M.D)

1. The sum-mer days are come a-gain;
once more the glad earth yields
a gol-den wealth of rip'-ning grain,
and breath of clo-ver fields,
and deep'-ning shade of sum-mer woods,
and glow of sum-mer air,
and wing-ing thoughts and hap-py moods
of love and joy and prayer.


2. The sum-mer days are come a-gain;
the birds are on the wing;
God's prais-es, in their lov-ing strain,
un-cons-cious-ly they sing.
We know who bes-tows all the good,
glad-'ning hearts in ac-cord,
for sum-mer joy in field and wood:
we lift our song sky-ward.

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August 11, 2005

139R Summer Suns Are Glowing

ADORO TE DEVOTE (11.11.11.12)

1. Sum-mer suns are glow-ing ov-er land and sea;
Hap-py light is flow-ing, boun-ti-ful and free;
Eve-ry-thing re-joi-ces in the mel-low rays;
Earth's ten thou-sand voi-ces swell ho-ly psalms of praise.


2. God’s free mer-cy does stream ov-er all the world,
And the ban-ner does gleam, by the church un-furled;
Broad and deep and glo-rious, as the heaven a-bove,
shines in might vic-to-rious, O God's e-ter-nal love.


3. O, up-on our sens-es your pure ra-diance pour;
For your lo-ving-kind-ness we would love you more;
And when clouds are drift-ing thick a-cross the sky,
then, the veil up-lif-ting, Sove-reign, O be you nigh.

4. We will ne-ver doubt you, though you veil the light;
Life is dull with-out you; sha-dows with you, bright;
Light of light, shine o'er us on our pil-grim way;
Go now still be-fore us day af-ter end-less day.

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August 12, 2005

140R Praise to God and Thanks We Bring

BENEVENTO (7.7.7.7. D)

1. Praise to God and thanks we bring;
Hearts, bow down, and voi-ces sing!
Prais-es to the Glo-rious One,
all the year of won-der done!
Sing praise for the bud-ding green,
A-pril's res-ur-rec-tion scene;
Sing praise for the shin-ing hours,
star-ring all the land with flowers!

2. Sing praise for the sum-mer rain,
feed-ing day and night the grain;
Sing praise for the ti-ny seed,
hold-ing all the world shall need;
Sing praise for the gar-den root,
mead-ow grass and or-chard fruit;
Praise for hills and val-leys broad,
each the tab-le of our God!

3. Praise God now for snow-y rest,
fall-ing soft on Na-ture's breast;
Praise for hap-py dreams of birth,
brood-ing in the qui-et earth!
For the year of won-der done,
Praise to the All-glo-rious One!
Hearts, bow down, and voi-ces sing,
praise, and love, and thanks we bring.

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August 13, 2005

141R Come, O Thankful People, Come

ST. GEORGE'S WINDSOR (7.7.7.7. D)

1. Come, O thank-ful peo-ple, come, raise the song of har-vest home;
All is safe-ly gath-ered in, ere the win-ter storms be-gin.
God's earth ev-er does pro-vide for our wants to be sup-plied;
Come to God’s own tem-ple, come, raise the song of har-vest home.

2. All the world is God’s own field, fruit un-to prais-es to yield;
Wheat and tares to-geth-er sown un-to joy or sor-row grown.
First the blade and then the ear, then the full corn shall ap-pear;
God of har-vest, grant that we whole-some grain and pure may be.

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August 14, 2005

142R We Plow the Fields and Scatter

MEIRIONYDD (7.6.7.6.7.6.7.6.)

1. We plow the fields, and scat-ter the good seed on the land,
but it is fed and wa-tered by an al-migh-ty hand;
God sends the snow in win-ter, the warmth to swell the grain,
the bree-zes and the sun-shine, and soft re-fresh-ing rain.

2. God is the heaven-ly mak-er of all things near and far,
who paints the way-side flow-er, who lights the even-ing star;
The winds are led by God's hand, from whom the birds are fed;
Much more to us, God's chil-dren, who bes-tows dai-ly bread.


3. We thank you, then, O Sove-reign, for all things bright and good,
the seed time and the har-vest, our life, our health, and food;
No gifts have we to of-fer, for all your love im-parts,
but that which you do de-sire, our hum-ble, thank-ful hearts.

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August 15, 2005

143R Praise to God, Immortal Praise

NUREMBERG (7.7.7.7. D)

1. Praise to God, im-mor-tal praise,
for the love that crowns our days!
Boun-teous Source of eve-ry joy,
Let high praise our tongues em-ploy;
For the bless-ings of the field,
for the stores the gar-dens yield:
Flocks that whit-en all the plain,
yel-low sheaves of ri-pened grain.

2. All that spring with boun-teous hand
scat-ters o’er the smil-ing land;
All that li-beral au-tumn pours
from a rich o’er-flow-ing stores;
These to you, my God, we owe,
Source whence all our bless-ings flow;
And for these my soul shall raise
grate-ful vows and so-lemn praise.

3. And should ris-ing whirl-winds tear
from its stem the ripe-ning ear;
Should the vine put forth no more,
nor the o-lives yield their store;
Yet to you our souls shall raise
grate-ful vows and so-lemn praise;
And, when eve-ry bless-ing’s flown
love you for your-self a-lone.

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August 16, 2005

144S Principia un año nuevo

Original Title: "Another Year is Dawning," Frances Ridley Havergal (1874), CRUCIFIX, 7.6.7.6. D, Anonymous; New Title: "Another Year is Dawning," alt. REH (2005), LLANGLOFFAN, 7.6.7.6. D, D. Evans (1865). A copyrighted translation appears below and in Mil voces para celebrar as no. 367, "Principia un año nuevo," AURELIA, 7.6.7.6. D, Samuel Wesley (1864). The translation, by Esteban Sywulka B. is (c) 1992 Celebremos/Libros Alianza, and appears herein by permission. For other uses of the Spanish translation, contact celebrad@telecom.com.co.

LLANGLOFFAN (7.6.7.6. D)

1. Prin-ci-pia~un año nue-vo; a-yú-danos, oh Dios,
a ser más con-sa-gra-dos, más pres-tos a tu voz;
un a-ño de pro-gre-so y de pros-pe-ri-dad,
un a-ño~en que go-ce-mos tu gran fidelidad.

2. Prin-ci-pia~un año nue-vo; en ti~he-mos de con-fiar
se-gu-ros en tu ma-no po-demos des-can-sar,
y se-a~a-llá con-ti-go, o en la tie-rra a-quí,
que~en to-do siem-pre demos la glo-ria solo a ti.


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144R Another Year is Dawning

Original Title: "Another Year is Dawning," Frances Ridley Havergal (1874), CRUCIFIX, 7.6.7.6. D, Anonymous; New Title: "Another Year is Dawning," alt. REH (2005), LLANGLOFFAN, 7.6.7.6. D, D. Evans (1865). A copyrighted translation appears below the hymn and in Mil voces para celebrar as no. 367, "Principia un año nuevo," AURELIA, 7.6.7.6. D, Samuel Wesley (1864). The translation, by Esteban Sywulka B. is (c) 1992 Celebremos/Libros Alianza, and appears herein by permission. For other uses of the Spanish translation, contact celebrad@telecom.com.co.

LLANGLOFFAN (7.6.7.6. D)

1. An-oth-er year is dawn-ing, dear Sove-reign, let it be
in work-ing or in wait-ing, an-oth-er year with thee.
An-oth-er year of pro-gress, an-oth-er year of praise,
an-oth-er year of prov-ing thy pre-sence all the days.

2. An-oth-er year of mer-cies, of faith-ful-ness and grace,
an-oth-er year of glad-ness ere shin-ing from thy face;
An-oth-er year of ser-vice, of wit-ness for thy love,
an-oth-er year of train-ing for ho-lier work a-bove.

a. Prin-ci-pia~un año nue-vo; a-yú-danos, oh Dios,
a ser más con-sa-gra-dos, más pres-tos a tu voz;
un a-ño de pro-gre-so y de pros-pe-ri-dad,
un a-ño~en que go-ce-mos tu gran fidelidad.

b. Prin-ci-pia~un año nue-vo; en ti~he-mos de con-fiar
se-gu-ros en tu ma-no po-demos des-can-sar,
y se-a~a-llá con-ti-go, o en la tie-rra a-quí,
que~en to-do siem-pre demos la glo-ria solo a ti.

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August 17, 2005

145R O God, Our Help in Ages Past

Words: Isaac Watts (1719), alt.; Music: ST. ANNE (C.M.), William Croft (1708); Paraphrase of Psalm 90: 1-5.

ST. ANNE (C.M.)

1. O God, our help in a-ges past,
our hope for years to come,
our shel-ter from the stor-my blast,
and our e-ter-nal home.

2. Be-fore the hills in or-der stood,
or earth re-ceived its frame,
from ev-er-last-ing thou art God,
to end-less years the same.

3. Un-der the sha-dow of thy throne,
the saints have dwelt se-cure;
Suf-fi-cient is thine arm a-lone,
and our de-fense is sure.

4. A thou-sand a-ges in thy sight
are like an eve-ning gone;
Short as the watch that ends the night
be-fore the ris-ing sun.

5. Time, like an ev-er roll-ing stream,
bears its chil-dren a-way;
They fly, for-got-ten, as a dream
dies at the open-ing day.

6. O God, our help in a-ges past,
our hope for years to come,
be thou our guard while trou-bles last,
and our e-ter-nal home. A-men


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August 18, 2005

146R All Hail, the Pageant of the Years

John Haynes Holmes, O JESU, 8.6.8.6.8.8., Johann Balthazar Reimann (1741), rev. REH (2005). Though there are touches of the Divine here, the images here lie mainly in the humanist realm. All the same, it is absent from Singing the Living Tradition. "Brotherhood" from Hymns of the Spirit Two has become "neighborhood" here.

O JESU (8.6.8.6.8.8.)

1. All hail, the pag-eant of the years
that end-less come and go,
the brave pro-ces-sion of the spheres,
in Time's re-sist-less flow-
A-rise, and crown our days with good,
make us one world-wide neigh-bor-hood!


2. Be-hind us fade the cen-tur-ies
of those who wars would plan,
the fierce and foul fu-til-i-ties
of bat-tling tribe and clan-
A-rise and crown our days with good,
make us one world-wide neigh-bor-hood!

3. A-round us lies the her-i-tage
of clash-ing sword and shield;
The want and waste, the hate and rage
of many a glor-ied field-
A-rise, and crown our days with good,
make us one world-wide neigh-bor-hood!

4. Be-hold, there looms the mys-ter-y
of love di-vin-er far,
there speaks the stead-fast pro-phe-cy
of na-tions freed from war-
A-rise, and crown our days with good,
make us one world-wide neigh-bor-hood!

5. The ae-ons come, the ae-ons go,
the stars nor pause nor cease;
On wings of si-lence, soft as snow,
shall come the boon of peace:
All hail, our days are crowned with good,
make us one world-wide neigh-bor-hood!
A-men.

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August 19, 2005

147R Hail We Now this Happy Morn

Words: Percival Chubb, rev. REH (2005);Music: SONG 13 (GIBBONS) (7.7.7.7.), Orlando Gibbons (1623)

SONG 13 (7.7.7.7.)

1. Hail we now this hap-py morn,
with our faith and hope new-born;
Let our voic-es rise as one,
greet-ing this New Year be-gun.


2. Grate-ful for the fruit-ful past,
may its bright-est fruit-age last;
But our feet would for-ward fare,
up-ward to the clear-er air.

3. From the fu-ture comes a cry,
sound-ing from the up-per sky,
'Live not mere-ly for to-day;
O-thers join you on the way.'


4. So we mount the path a-head;
Let it e-cho to our tread!
All to-geth-er: step in time!
For-ward, for-ward, may all climb!

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August 22, 2005

148R O God, the Rock of Ages

Music: PASSION CHORALE (7.6.7.6. D.), Hans Leo Hassler (1601), harm. J.S. Bach (1729); Paraphrase of Psalm 61.

PASSION CHORALE (7.6.7.6. D)

1. O God, the Rock of A-ges,
who ev-er-more has been,
what time the tem-pest ra-ges,
our dwell-ing place se-rene:
Be-fore the first cre-a-tions,
O You, the same a-bove,
to end-less gen-er-a-tions,
the ev-er-last-ing Love.

2. Our years are like the sha-dows
on sun-ny hills that lie,
or grass-es in the mea-dows
that blos-som but to die;
a-sleep, a dream, a sto-ry
by stran-gers quick-ly told
and un-re-main-ing glo-ry
of things that soon are old.

3. O You, who do not slum-ber,
whose light grows ne-ver pale,
teach us a-right to num-ber
our years be-fore they fail;
On us your mer-cy light-en,
on us your good-ness rest,
and let your spir-it bright-en
the hearts that you have blessed.


4. Love, crown our faith’s en-deav-or
with beau-ty and with grace,
till, clothed in light for-ev-er,
we see you face to face:
A joy no lang-uage mea-sures,
a foun-tain brimm-ing o’er,
an end-less flow of plea-sures,
an o-cean with-out shore.

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August 23, 2005

149R Ring Out, Wild Bells

Title: "Ring Out, Wild Bells," Alfred Tennyson (1849), DEUS TUORUM MILITUM (L.M.), New Title: Same, rev. REH (2005), JERUSALEM (L.M.D), Charles Hubert Hastings Parry.

JERUSALEM (L.M.D.)

Ring out, wild bells, to the wild sky,
the fly-ing cloud, the fros-ty light;
the year is dy-ing in the night;
Ring out, wild bells, and let it die.
Ring out the old, ring in the new,
ring, hap-py bells, a-cross the snow:
The year is go-ing, let it go;
Ring out the false, ring in the true.


Ring out false pride in place and blood,
the civ-ic slan-der and the spite;
Ring in the love of truth and right,
ring in the com-mon love of good.
Ring in the va-liant souls and free,
the lar-ger heart, the kind-lier hand;
Ring out the sad-ness of the land,
ring in the Christ that is to be.

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August 30, 2005

150R O Come, O Come, Emmanuel

O Come, O Come Emmanuel, 13th Century Hymn, Psalteriolum Cantionum Catholicarum, 1710, Trans. John Mason Neale, 1854, alt. REH, 2005; VENI EMMANUEL, 8.8.8.8.8.8., Hymnal Noted, Part II, 1856.

VENI EMMANUEL (8.8.8.8.8.8.)

1. O come, O come, Em-man-u-el,
and ran-som cap-tive Is-ra-el;
that mourns in lone-ly ex-ile here,
un-til a ho-ly child ap-pear.
Re-joice! Re-joice! Em-man-u-el!
Shall come to all, O Is-ra-el!

2. O come, O Wis-dom from on high,
and or-der all things far and nigh,
to us the path of know-ledge show,
and teach us in her ways to go.
Re-joice! Re-joice! Em-man-u-el!
Shall come with-in as Truth to dwell!

3. O come, O Ho-ly One of might,
who to the tribes on Si-nai's height,
in an-cient times did give the law,
in cloud and ma-jes-ty and awe.
Re-joice! Re-joice! Em-man-u-el!
Shall come to us as Hope to dwell!

4. O come, O rod of Jes-se's stem,
from tri-als soon de-liv-er them,
O come, and turn all hearts to peace,
that greed and war at last shall cease.
Re-joice! Re-joice! Em-man-u-el!
Shall come to all as Peace to dwell!

5. O come, O Key of Da-vid, come,
and o-pen wide our heaven-ly home,
make safe the ways that pierce the sky,
and close the path of sor-row's cry.
Re-joice! Re-joice! Em-man-u-el!
Shall come to us as Light to dwell!

6. O come, De-sire of na-tions, bind,
in one the hearts of hu-man-kind,
bid eve-ry sad di-vi-sion cease,
and reign for aye in glo-rious peace.
Re-joice! Re-joice! Em-man-u-el!
Shall come with-in as Love to dwell!

7. O come, O Day-spring come and cheer,
our spir-its by your ad-vent here;
dis-perse the gloom-y clouds of night
and death's deep sha-dows put to flight.
Re-joice! Re-joice! Em-man-u-el!
Shall come to all, O Is-ra-el!

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151R Hail to the One Anointed

Meter, 7.6.7.6.7.6.7.6., Tune, ST. THEODULPH or ELLACOMBE

ST. THEODULPH (7.6.7.6.7.6.7.6.)

1. Hail to the one a-noint-ed, great Da-vid's great-er child!
Hail in the time ap-point-ed, when souls are re-con-ciled!
Who comes to break op-pres-sion, to set the cap-tive free;
To take a-way trans-gres-sion and rule in e-qui-ty.


2. Who comes in suc-cor speed-y to those who suf-fer wrong;
To help the poor and need-y, and bid the weak be strong;
To give them songs for sigh-ing, their even-ings filled with light,
Whose souls, con-demned and dy-ing, are pre-cious in God's sight.


3. The child comes down like show-ers upon the fruit-ful earth;
Love, joy, and hope, like flowers, spring in the path to birth;
And lead-ing, on the mountains, shall peace, the herald, go;
As life re-new-ing foun-tains, from hill to val-ley flow.

4. A-ra-bia's des-ert ran-ger, who wills to bend the knee;
The E-thi-o-pian stran-ger, true glo-ry come to see;
The Ma-gi, prayers im-plor-ing, who gold and in-cense bring;
The na-tions soon a-dor-ing, high praise they long shall sing.


5. O'er eve-ry foe vic-tor-ious, on high-est throne shall rest;
From age to age more glo-rious, all bless-ing and all blest.
The tide of time keeps ev-er the cov-en-ant a-bove;
That name shall stand for-ev-er, whose name to us is love.

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152R Veiled in Shadow Judah Lay

Meter, 7.7.7.7.7.7., Tune, EBELING or DIX.

1. Veiled in shad-ow Ju-dah lay,
Wait-ing for the pro-mised day,
While a-cross the drear-y night
Streamed a flood of glor-ious light,
Heav’n-ly voic-es chant the call,
“Peace on earth, good will to all.”

2. Still the earth in shad-ow lies,
Up from death’s deep vale a-rise
Voic-es of a world in grief,
Prayers of those who seek re-lief:
Now the shad-ow heeds the call,
“Peace on earth, good will to all.”

3. Light of light, we humb-ly pray,
Shine up-on your world to-day;
Break the gloom of our long night,
Fill our souls with love and light,
Send the bless-ed word and call,
“Peace on earth, good will to all.”

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153R As With Gladness, Those of Old

Meter, 7.7.7.7.7.7., Tune, DIX

1. As with glad-ness, those of old
Did the guid-ing star be-hold;
As with joy they hailed its light
Lead-ing on-ward, beam-ing bright:
So, most glor-ious one, may we
Ev-er-more be led to thee.

2. As with joy-ful steps they sped
To that low-ly mang-er bed;
There to bend the knee be-fore
One whom heaven and earth a-dore;
So may we with will-ing feet
Ev-er seek thy mer-cy seat.

3. As they offer-ed gifts most rare
At that mang-er rude and bare;
So may we with ho-ly joy,
Pure and free from sin’s al-loy,
All our treas-ures bring to thee,
And may heav'n-ly prais-es be.

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154R Shepherd, Tell Us of the Night

Original: Watchmen, Tell Us of the Night, John Bowring, 1858, alt. REH, 2008; WATCHMAN, 7.7.7.7.7.7.7.7., Lowell Mason, 1830.

1. Shep-herd, tell us of the night,
What its signs of prom-ise are.
Trav-eller, o’er yon moun-tain’s height,
See that glo-ry-beam-ing star.
Shep-herd, does its beau-teous ray
Aught of joy or hope fore-tell?
Trave-ller, yes—it brings the day,
Prom-ised day of Is-ra-el.

2. Shep-herd, tell us of the night;
High-er yet that star as-cends.
Trav-eller, bless-ed-ness and light,
Peace and truth its course por-tends.
Shep-herd, will its beams a-lone
Gild the spot that gave them birth?
Trave-ller, a-ges are its own;
See, it bursts o’er all the earth.

3. Shep-herd, tell us of the night,
For the morn-ing seems to dawn.
Trave-ller, sor-row takes its flight,
Doubt and ter-ror are with-drawn.
Shep-herd, let thy wand'-rings cease;
Hie thee to thy qui-et home.
Trave-ller, lo! the Roy-al Peace,
Lo! a child of God is come!

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156R O Come All Ye Faithful

Meter, Irregular; Tune, ADESTE FIDELES

1. O come, all ye faith-ful, joy-ful and tri-um-phant,
O come ye, O come ye, to Beth-le-hem.
Lo, bless-ed Christ-child, born to rule the an-gels:
O come in a-dor-a-tion,
O come in a-dor-a-tion,
O come in a-dor-a-tion,
Christ is born!

2. Lo, hum-ble shep-herds, sum-moned to the cra-dle,
leav-ing their flocks, draw near to gaze.
We too will glad-ly fol-low dus-ty foot-steps:
O come in ce-le-bra-tion,
O come in ce-le-bra-tion,
O come in ce-le-bra-tion,
Love is born!


3. Sing, choirs of an-gels, sing in ex-ul-ta-tion;
O sing, all ye cit-i-zens of heaven a-bove!
Glo-ry to God, all glo-ry in the high-est:
O come in ex-ul-ta-tion,
O come in ex-ul-ta-tion,
O come in ex-ul-ta-tion,
Life is born!

4. Bright skies led ma-gi to the child, a-dor-ing,
with gifts of in-cense, gold, and myrrh.
We to the man-ger bring our hearts’ true ques-tions:
Now come in ex-pec-ta-tion,
now come in ex-pec-ta-tion,
now come in ex-pec-ta-tion,
Christ is born!

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