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ALL YE WHO WOULD THE CHRIST DESCRY (HYMN)

ALL YE WHO WOULD THE CHRIST DESCRY (HYMN)

All ye who would the Christ descry,

Lift up your eyes to him on high:

There mortal gaze hath strength to see

The token of his majesty.

 

A wondrous sign we there behold,

That knows not death nor groweth old

Sublime, Most High, that cannot fade,

That was ere earth and heaven were made.

 

Here is the King the Gentiles fear,

The Jews’ most mighty King is here

Promised to Abraham of yore,

And to his seed forevermore.

 

‘Tis the Prophets’ words foretold,

And by their signs shown forth of old;

The Father’s witness hath ordained

That we should hear with faith unfeigned.

 

Jesu, to thee our praise we pay,

To little ones revealed today,

With Father and Blest Spirit One

Until the ages’ course is done.

 

– From: An Approved English Translation of the Breviarium Romanum, Burns & Oates, London, 1964

 
 

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JOY TO THE WORLD, THE LORD HAS COME (CHRISTMAS CAROL)

1. Joy to the world, the Lord has come!
Let earth receive her King;
let every heart prepare Him room
and heaven and nature sing,
and heaven and nature sing,
and heaven, and heaven and nature sing!

2. Joy to the earth, the Saviour reigns!
Your sweetest songs employ
while fields and streams and hills and plains
repeat the sounding joy,
repeat the sounding joy,
repeat, repeat the sounding joy.

3. He rules the world with truth and grace,
and makes the nations prove
the glories of His righteousness,
the wonders of His love,
the wonders of His love,
the wonders, wonders of His love.

– Isaac Watts (1674-1748)

 
 

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SING OF CHRIST, PROCLAIM HIS GLORY (HYMN)

1. Sing of Christ, proclaim his glory,
sing the resurrection song!
Death and sorrow, earth’s dark story,
to the former days belong.
All around the clouds are breaking,
soon the storms of time shall cease;
in God’s likeness, people, waking,
know the everlasting peace.

2. O what glory, far exceeding
all that eye has yet perceived!
Holiest hearts for ages pleading
never that full joy conceived.
God has promised, Christ prepares it,
there on high our welcome waits;
ev’ry humble spirit shares it,
Christ has passed th’eternal gates.

3. Life eternal! Heaven rejoices:
Jesus lives who once was dead:
shout with joy, O deathless voices!
Child of God, lift up your head!
Patriarchs from distant ages,
saints all longing for their heaven,
prophets, psalmists, seers and sages,
all await the glory giv’n.

4. Life eternal! O what wonders
crowd on faith, what joy unknown,
when, amid earth’s closing thunders,
saints shall stand before the throne!
O to enter that bright portal,
see that glowing firmament,
know, with you, O God immortal,
Jesus Christ whom you have sent!

– William Josiah Irons (1812-83)

 
 

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COME, HOLY GHOST, CREATOR, COME (HYMN)

1. Come, Holy Ghost, Creator, come
from thy bright heavenly throne,
come, take possession of our souls,
and make them all thine own.

2. Thou who art called the Paraclete,
best gift of God above,
the living spring, the living fire,
sweet unction and true love.

3. Thou who art sev’nfold in thy grace,
finger of God’s right hand;
his promise, teaching little ones
to speak and understand.

4. O guide our minds with thy blest light,
with love our hearts inflame;
and with thy strength, which ne’er decays,
confirm our mortal frame.

5. Far from us drive our deadly foe;
true peace unto us bring;
and through all perils lead us safe
beneath thy sacred wing.

6. Through thee may we the Father know,
through thee th’eternal Son,
and thee the Spirit of them both,
thrice-blessed Three in One.

7. All glory to the Father be,
with his co-equal Son:
the same to thee, great Paraclete,
while endless ages run.

 

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