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October 05, 2005

169R Ring, O Ring, O Christmas Bells

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October 07, 2005

171R O Thou In Lonely Vigil Led

Frederick Lucian Hosmer, 1903; alt. REH, 2008; ERFURT (Von Himmel Hoch), L.M., Geistliche Leider, Leipzig, 1539.

1. O thou in lone-ly vi-gil led
To fol-low Truth's new ris-en star
Ere yet the morn-ing skies are red,
And vale and up-land shad-owed are,

2. Pre-pare thy-self and take thy road
And faith-ful to thy vis-ion be:
Trust not in num-bers; none is God,
But one with God: ma-jor-i-ty.

3. Soon pass the judg-ments of the hour,
For-got-ten are the scorn and blame;
The word moves on, a glad-dening power,
And safe en-shrines the prophets' fame.

4. Now, as of old, in low-ly plight
the child of larg-er faith is born:
The watch-ing shep-herds come by night,
And then, the search-ing souls at morn!

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October 08, 2005

172R Thank We Now the God of Heav'n

Original Title: "Thank We Now the Lord of Heav'n," Henry Warburton Hawkes, New Title: "Thank We Now the God of Heav'n," alt. 2008; DIVINIUM MYSTERIUM, 7.7.7.7.7.7.7., 13th Century Plain Song, Mode V.

1. Thank we now the God of heav'n
For the day-spring we've been giv'n;
For the light of truth and grace
Shining from the sov'reign's face.
Still that light is shin-ing on:
Still the ho-ly child is born
Ev-'ry bless-ed Christ-mas morn.

2. Still the words of truth and grace
In a ho-lier world we trace;
Still the an-gels' song is heard:
'Glo-ry be to God on high.'
Sing, ye an-gels from the sky;
Mor-tals raise the gladd'-ning call,
'Peace on earth, good-will to all!'


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172R Thank We Now the God of Heav'n

Original Title: "Thank We Now the Lord of Heav'n," Henry Warburton Hawkes, New Title: "Thank We Now the God of Heav'n," alt. 2008; DIVINIUM MYSTERIUM, 7.7.7.7.7.7.7., 13th Century Plain Song, Mode V.

1. Thank we now the God of heav'n
For the day-spring we've been giv'n;
For the light of truth and grace
Shining from the sov'reign's face.
Still that light is shin-ing on:
Still the ho-ly child is born
Ev-'ry bless-ed Christ-mas morn.

2. Still the words of truth and grace
In a ho-lier world we trace;
Still the an-gels' song is heard:
'Glo-ry be to God on high.'
Sing, ye an-gels from the sky;
Mor-tals raise the gladd'-ning call,
'Peace on earth, good-will to all!'


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October 22, 2005

177R Good Christian Folk, Rejoice

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178R Heir of All the Waiting Ages

Heir of all the wait-ing a-ges,
Hope of a-ges yet to be;
Light to those who dwell in sor-row,
Liv-ing truth to make us free;
Strick-en souls shall know the com-fort
Of your gra-cious min-is-try.

2. An-gel voi-ces in the hea-vens
Joy-ful-ly pro-claim your birth;
Sing-ing a fore-told do-min-ion,
Reign of right-eous-ness and worth;
Songs of proph-e-cy and prom-ise,
Peace, good-will to all on earth.

3. You shall be the great phy-si-cian
For the ills of hu-man-kind;
You shall heal the wound-ed spir-it,
And give strength to mean and kind;
Larg-er life for all who seek it
In the child-like hear and mind.

4. Child of peace, the war-ring na-tions
In your name shall sheathe the sword;
Jus-tice, scorned, for-got-ten, tram-pled,
By your rule shall be re-stored;

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October 23, 2005

179R Lift Up Your Heads

George Weissel, 1642, trans. Catherine Winkworth, alt. REH, 1642; GOTTLOB, ES GEHT, 8.8.8.8.8.8., German Chorale, harm. J.S. Bach, 1747.

GOTTLOB, ES GEHT (8.8.8.8.8.8.)

1. Lift up your heads, ye migh-ty gates,
Be-hold the child of glo-ry waits;
The roy-al peace is draw-ing near,
The hope of long-ing hearts is here;
Whose life does joy-ful-ness e'er bring,
Where-fore re-joice and glad-ly and sing.

2. Fling wide the por-tals of your heart,
Make it a tem-ple set a-part
From earth-ly use for heav'n's em-ploy,
A-dorned with prayer, and love, and joy;
O pil-grim rul-er guide us on
Til peace on earth for all is won!

3. Oh blest the land, the ci-ty blest,
Where dwells a Christ-child in the breast!
Oh hap-py hearts and hap-py homes
To whom this peace in tri-umph comes!
So shall your sov'-reign en-ter in,
And new and nob-ler life be-gin.

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October 28, 2005

180R All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name

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October 29, 2005

181R From Bethany the Healer

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