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AN HYMN ON THE OMNIPRESENCE. OH Lord! thou hast known me, and searched me out,

Thou see'st, at all times, what I'm thinking about; When I rise up to labour, or lie down to rest, Thou markest each motion that works in my breast; [tell, My heart has no secrets, but what thou can'st Not a word in my tongue, but thou knowest it well;

Thou see'st my intention before it is wrought, Long before I conceive it, thou knowest my thought.

Thou art always about me, go whither I will, All the paths that I take to, I meet with thee still; I go forth abroad, and am under thine eye, I retire to myself, and behold! thou art by; How is it that thou hast encompass'd me so That I cannot escape thee, wherever I go? Such knowledge as this is too high to attain, 'Tis a truth which I feel, tho' I cannot explain.

Whither then shall I flee from thy spirit, O

Lord?
What shelter can space from thy presence afford?
If I climb up to Heav'n, 't is there is thy throne,
If I go down to Hell, even there thou art known;
If for wings I should mount on the Morning's
swift ray,

And remain in the uttermost parts of the sea,
Even there, let the distance be ever so wide,
Thy hand would support me, thy right hand would
guide.

If I say, peradventure, the dark may conceal What distance, tho' boundless, is forc'd to reveal, Yet the dark, at thy presence, would vanish away, And my covering, the night, would be turn'd into day:

It is I myself only who could not then see,
Yea, the darkness, O Lord, is no darkness to thee:
The night, and the day, are alike in thy sight,
And the darkness, to thee, is as clear as the light.

THE COLLECT FOR ADVENT SUNDAY. ALMIGHTY God, thy heav'nly grace impart, And cast the works of darkness from our heart;

Send us thy light, and arm us for the strife
Against all evils of this mortal life;
O'er which our Saviour Jesus Christ, thy son,
With great humility the conquest won:
That when, in glory, our victorious Head
Shall come to judge the living and the dead,
We may, thro' him, to life immortal spring,
Wherein he reigns, the everlasting King;
The Father, Son, and Spirit may adore,
One glorious God Triune, for evermore.

HYMNS FOR CHRISTMAS DAY. On this auspicious, memorable morn, God and the Virgin's holy child was born; Offspring of Heav'n, whose undefiled birth Began the process of redeeming Earth; Of re-producing Paradise again, And God's lost image in the souls of men.

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Adam, who kept not his first state of bliss, Rend'red himself incapable of this; Nor could he, with his outward helpmate Eve, This pure, angelic, virgin birth retrieve: This, in our nature, never could be done, Until a virgin should conceive a son.

Mary, prepar'd for such a chaste embrace, Was destin'd to this miracle of grace; In her unfolded the mysterious plan Of man's salvation, God's becoming man; His power, with her humility combin'd, Produc'd the sinless Saviour of mankind.

The heighth and depth of such amazing love Nor can we measure, nor the blest above; Its truth whoever reasons right will own, Man never could be sav'd by man alone: Salvation is, if rightly we define, Union of human nature with divine.

What way to this, unless it had been trod By the new birth of an incarnate God? Birth of a life, that triumphs over death, A life inspir'd by God's immortal breath; For which himself, to save us from the tomb, Did not abhor the Virgin Mother's womb.

O may this infant Saviour's birth inspire Of real life an humble, chaste desire! Raise it up in us! form it in our mind, Like the blest Virgin's, totally resign'd! A mortal life from Adam we derive; We are, in Christ, eternally alive,

ON THE SAME.

CHRISTIANS awake, salute the happy more,
Whereon the Saviour of the world was born;
Rise, to adore the mystery of love,
Which hosts of angels chanted from above:
With them the joyful tidings first begun
Of God incarnate, and the Virgin's Son:
Then to the watchful shepherds it was told,
Who heard th' angelic herald's voice-" Behold!
I bring good tidings of a Saviour's birth
To you, and all the nations upon Earth;
This day hath God fulfill'd his promis'd word;
This day is born a Saviour, Christ, the Lord:

In David's city, shepherds, ye shall find
The long foretold Redeemer of mankind;
Wrapt up in swaddling clothes, the babe divine
Lies in a manger; this shall be your sign."
He spake, and straightway the celestial choir,
In hymns of joy, unknown before, conspire:
The praises of redeeming love they sung,
And Heav'ns whole orb with hallelujahs rung:
God's highest glory was their anthem still;
Peace upon Earth, and mutual good-will. [ran,
To Bethlehem straight th' enlightened shepherds
To see the wonder God had wrought for man;
And found, with Joseph and the blessed maid,
Her son, the Saviour, in a manger laid.
Amaz'd, the wond'rous story they proclaim;
The first apostles of his infant fame:
While Mary keeps, and ponders in her heart,
The heav'nly vision, which the swains impart;
They to their flocks, still praising God, return,
And their glad hearts within their bosoms burn.

Let us, like these good shepherds then, employ
Our grateful voices to proclaim the joy:
Like Mary, let us ponder in our mind
God's wond'rous love in saving lost mankind;
Artless, and watchful, as these favour'd swains,
While virgin meekness in the heart remains:
Trace we the babe, who has retriev'd our loss,
From his poor manger to his bitter cross;
Treading his steps, assisted by his grace,
Till man's first heav'nly state again takes place:
Then may we hope, th' angelic thrones among,
To sing, redeem'd, a glad triumphal song:
He that was born, upon this joyful day,
Around us all, his glory shall display;
Sav'd by his love, incessant we shall sing
Of angels, and of angel-men, the King.

ON THE EPIPHANY.

LED by the guidance of a living star,
The eastern sages travell'd from afar
To seek the Saviour, by prophetic fame
Describ'd to them as King of Jews by name;
Whose birth, to gentiles worthy of his sight,
Was now declar'd by this angelic light.

To its full height th' expectancy had grown Of what the learned foreigners made known; When at Jerusalem the sacred news

Was spread by them to Herod, and the Jews; "Where is he born? For by his star," they said, "Thus far to worship him have we been led."

Herod, who had in his tyrannic mind No thought of empire, but of earthly kind, Jealous of this new king of Jewish tribes, In haste assembl'd all the priests, and scribes; Where Christ was to be born was his demand"In Bethlehem," they said, " in Juda's land."

He call'd the magi, privately again, To learn from them the time, precisely, when The star, which had conducted them, appear'd: And, having all his wily questions clear'd, Bad them to seek the child, and from the view Come, and tell him, that he might worship too.

They journey'd on to the appointed place, Which Jewish priests from prophecy could trace:

Cheer'd by the star's appearance on the way, That pointed where the infant Saviour lay; Meekly they stepp'd into his humble shrine, And fell to worshipping the babe divine.

The Virgin mother saw them all prefer Their off'rings, gold, and frankincense, and myrrh; But warn'd of God his Father, in a dream, They disappointed Herod's murd'rous scheme; And, having seen the object of their faith, Sought their own country by another path.

Does not reflection justly hence arise, That in the east, so famous for the wise, The truest learning, sapience, and skill, Was theirs, who sought, amidst the various ill Which they beheld, for that predicted scene, That should on Earth commence an heav'nly reign?

These true inquirers into Nature saw That Nature must have some superior law; Some righteous monarch, for the good of all, To rule with justice this disorder'd ball; Their humble sense of wants, o'erlook'd by pride, Made them so worthy of the starlike guide.

We read how, then, the very pagan school Was fill'd with rumours of a Jewish rule: Tho' Jews themselves, as at this present day, Dreamt of a worldly domineering sway; The truly wise, or Jew, or Gentile, sought A Christ, the object of an happier thought.

They best could understand prophetic page, Simple, or learn'd, the shepherd, or the sage: Their eyes could see, and follow a true light, That led them on from prophecy to sight: Could own the Son who, by the Father's will, Should reign a King on Sion's holy Hill.

Of treasures which the wise were mov❜d to bring,
If gold presented might confess the king,
Incense to his divinity relate,

And myrrh denote his bitter, suff'ring state,
They offer'd types of the theandric plan
Of our salvation, God's becoming man.

In this redeeming process all concurr'd To give sure proof of the prophetic word; Jesus, Emanuel, the inward light

Of all mankind, who seek the truth aright, Forms in the heart of all the wise on Earth The true day-star, the token of his birth.

MEDITATIONS

FOR EVERY DAY IN PASSION WEEK.

MONDAY.

God in Christ is all love.

BEHOLD the tender love of God!-behold
The Shepherd dying to redeem his fold!
Who can declare it?-Worthy to be known-
What tongue can speak it worthily?-His own:
From his own sacred lips the theme began,
The glorious gospel of God's love to man.

So great, so boundless was it, that he gave His only Son-and for what end?-To save;

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As only light all darkness can expel,
So was his conquest over death, and Hell,
The only possible, effectual way
To raise to life what Adam's sin could slay:
Death by the falling, by the rising Man
The resurrection of the dead began.

This heav'nly parent the human race
The steps, that Adam fell by, could retrace;
Could bear the suff'rings requisite to save;
Could die, a man, and triumph o'er the grave:
This, for our sakes, incarnate love could do;
Great is the mystery-and greatly true.

Prophets, apostles, martyrs, and the choir
Of holy virgin witnesses, conspire
To animate a Christian to endure
Whatever cross God gives him, for his cure:
Looking to Jesus, who has led the way
From death to life, from darkness into day.

Unmov'd by earthly good, or earthly ill,
The man Christ Jesus wrought God's blessed will:
Death, in the nature of the thing, that hour
Wherein he dy'd, lost all its deadly pow'r:
Then, then was open'd, by what he sustain'd,
The gate of life, and Paradise regain'd.

FRIDAY.

How the sufferings and death of Christ are available to man's salvation.

Herein is love! descending from his throne,
The Fath r's bosom, for our sakes alone,
What Earth, what Hell, could wrathfully unite
Of ills, he vanquish'd with enduring might:
Legions of angels ready at command,
Singly he chose to bear, and to withstand.

To bear, intent upon mankind's relief,
Ev'ry excess of ev'ry shame, and grief;
Of inward anguish, past all thought severe;
Such as pure innocence alone could bear:
Dev'lish temptation, treachery, and rage,
Naked, for us, did innocence engage.

Nail'd to a cross it suffer'd, and forgave;
And show'd the penitent its pow'r to save:
It's majesty confess'd by Nature's shock;
Darkness and earthquake-and the rented rock,
And opening graves-the prelude to that pow'r,
Which rose in suff'ring Love's momentous hour.

Could raise God's image, clos'd in death by sin,

WITH hearts deep rooted in love's holy ground And raise himself, the light of life, therein: The one same light that makes angelic bliss; Should be ador'd this mystery profound That spreads an heav'n thro' Nature's whole abyss: Of God's Messiah, suff'ring in our frame; The light of Nature, and the light of men, The Lamb Christ Jesus-blessed be his name! That gives the dead his pow'r to live again. Dying, in this humanity of ours, To introduce his own life-giving pow'rs.

No other pow'r could save, but Jesus can;
The living God was in the dying man:
Who, perfected by suff'rings, from the grave
Rose in the fulness of all pow'r to save:
With that one blessed life of God to fill
The vacant soul, that yieldeth up its will.

SATURDAY.

How Christ by his death overcame death.
JESUS is crucify'd—the previous scene
Of our salvation, and his glorious reign:
Mysterious process! tho' by Nature's laws,
Such an effect demanded such a cause:
For none but he could form the grand design,
And raise, anew, the human life divine.

To learn is ev'ry pious Christian's part,
From his great master, this most holy art;
This our high calling, privilege, and prize,
With him to suffer, and with him to rise:
To live-to die-meek, patient, and resign'd
To God's good pleasure, with a Christ-like mind.

No less a mystery can claim belief,
That what belongs to our redeeming chief:
Divine, and supernatural indeed
The love that mov'd the Son of God to bleed;
But what he was, and did, in each respect,
Was real cause producing its effect.

Children of Adam needs must share his fall;
Children of Christ can re-inberit all:
This was the one, and therefore chosen way,
For Love to manifest its full display:
Absurd the thought of arbitrary plans;
Nature's one, true religion this-and man's.

All that we know of God, and Nature too, Proves the salvation of the gospel true; Where all unites in one consistent whole, The life of God renew'd within the soul: Renew'd by Christ-he only could restore The heav'n in man to what it was before:

"The way, the truth, the life"-whatever terms Preferr'd, 'tis him that ev'ry good affirms; The one true Saviour; all is dung and dross, In saving sense, but Jesus and his cross: All nature speaks; all scripture answers thus"Salvation is the life of Christ in us."

EASTER COLLECT.

ALMIGHTY God! whose blessed will was done
By Jesus Christ, our Lord, thine only Son;
Death overcome, and open'd unto men
The gate of everlasting life again;
Grant us, baptiz'd into his death, to die
To all affections, but to things on high;
That when, by thy preventing grace, we find
The good desires to rise within our mind,
Our wills may tend as thine shall still direct,
And bring the good desires to good effect;
Thro' him, the one Redeemer from the fall,
Who liv'd and dy'd, and rose again for all.

EASTER DAY.

THE morning dawns; the third approaching day
Can only show the place where Jesus lay:
Angels descend-Remember what he said-
"He is not here, but risen from the dead;
Betray'd into the hands of sinful men,
The Son of man must die, and rise again."

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