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He comes to break oppression,

To set the captive free; To take away transgression,

And rule in equity.

He shall come down like showers

Upon the fruitful earth;
And love, joy, hope, like flowers,

Spring in His path to birth :
Before Him, on the mountains,

Shall Peace, the herald, go; And Righteousness, in fountains,

From hill to valley flow.

Kings shall fall down before Him,

And gold and incense bring; All nations shall adore Him,

His praise all people sing ; For He shall have dominion

O'er river, sea, and shore, Far as the eagle's pinion

Or dove's light wing can soar.

For Him shall prayer unceasing,

And daily vows ascend ;
His kingdom still increasing,

A kingdom without end :
The mountain dews shall nourishi

A seed, in weakness sown,
Whose fruit shall spread and flourish,

And shake like Lebanon.

O'er every foe victorious,

He on His throne shall rest; From age to age more glorious,

All-blessing and all-bless'd :

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The tide of time shall never

His covenant remove;
His Name shall stand for ever-

That Name to us is Love,

THE PURIFICATION OF ST. MARY THE VIRGIN.

34.

S.M.

Bless'd are

the
pure

in heart,
For they shall see our God;
The secret of the Lord is theirs ;

Their soul is Christ's abode.

The Lord, who left the heavens

Our life and peace to bring,
To dwell in lowliness with men,

Their Pattern and their King:

He to the lowly soul

Doth still Himself impart;
And for His dwelling and His throne

Chooseth the pure in heart.

Lord, we Thy presence seek;
May ours this blessing be;
Give us a pure and lowly heart,

A temple meet for Thee.

All glory, Lord, to Thee,

Whom heaven and earth adore ;
To Father, Son, and Holy Ghost,
One God for evermore.

Amen.

THE ANNUNCIATION OF THE BLESSED

VIRGIN MARY.

35.

D.C.M. Z O Thou, to whose all-seeing eye

Earth's mysteries are clear,
Who bright as noon-day canst descry

What we deem darkest here,
Make us in lowly faith rejoice,

With her, who on this day
First heard the Angel's wondrous voice,

And heard, but to obey !

For though on Duty's narrow path

Dark clouds awhile may rest,
One light the weary spirit hath,
To know, Thy way is best !

Whate'er betide, yet still
Behold Thy servant, Lord !
Be it to me, through good and ill,

According to Thy Word!"

And say:

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JESUS! Name of wondrous love!
Name all other names above !
Unto which must every knee
Bow in deep humility,

JESUS! Name decreed of old ;
To the maiden mother told,
Kneeling in her lowly cell,
By the Angel Gabriel.

JESUS! Name of priceless worth
To the fallen sons of earth
For the promise that it gave, ,
“ JESUS shall His people save.”

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JESUS! only Name that's given
Under all the mighty heaven,
Whereby. man, to sin enslaved,
Bursts his fetters, and is saved.

JESUS ! Name of wondrous love!
Human Name of God above!
Pleading only this we flee,
Helpless, O our God, to Thee.

BEFORE LENT.

P.M.

37. ALLELUIA ! peace-instilling

Strain of everlasting praise,
Alleluia! sweetly thrilling
Key-note of the Angels' lays,

Hark! in glory
”Tis the eternal chant they raise.

We

Alleluia! Church victorious,

Join the concert of the sky!
Alleluia ! bright and glorious,
Lift, ye saints, this strain on high ?

poor

exiles
Join not yet your melody.
Alleluia! songs of gladness,

Suit not souls with anguish torn :
Alleluia! sounds of sadness
Best become our state forlorn :

Our offences
We with bitter tears must mourn.
But our earnest supplication,

Holy Lord, we raise to Thee;
Visit us with Thy salvation,
Make us all Thy joys to see.

Alleluia !
Ours at length this strain shall be.

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THE sacred season now doth call

A solemn fast to keep,
And bids both priest and people all

Within the temple weep.
But come not thou with tears alone,

Or outward form of prayer ;
But let it in thy heart be known

That penitence is there.

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