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For there can but one infinite
Or uncreated be,
All three Almighties are,
But only one is there. The Father likewise God and Lord,
And God and Lord the Son, And God and Lord the Holy Ghost,
Yet God and Lord but one; For though each person by himself,
We God and Lord confess, Yet Christian faith forbids, that we
Three Gods or Lords profess. The Father not begot nor made;
Begot, not made, the Son; Made nor begot the Holy Ghost,
But a proceeding one.
One only Son, not three;
And that no more they be.
This Trinity hath none;
And equal every one.
As we have said before,
Believe and still adore.
He must believe with this;
And how that both the Son of God,
And God and man he is :
Begot ere time was made;
When time his fulness had.
In soul and flesh as we:
As man, beneath is he,
And to dispose it so,
But manhood took thereto.
In person doth subsist :
So God and man is Christ;
That we might saved be;
And heav'n ascended he.
He sits, and at the doom,
From thence again shall come.
And he account require: 'Well-doers into bliss shall go,
The bad to endless fire.
COME, Holy Ghost, the Maker! come, Take in the souls of thine thy place: Thou, whom our hearts had being from, O fill them with thy heav'nly grace!
Thou art that comfort from above,
O give our blinded senses light!
Let us be taught the blessed creed
Here ends the first part of the Hymns and
Songs of the Church.
THE SECOND PART OF THE Hymns and Songs of the CHURCH, appropriated to the several Times and Occasions most observable in
the Church of England.
EVERY thing hath its season, says the preacher. Eccl. 3. And Saint Paul adviseth, that all things shall be done honestly, in order, and to edification. I Cor. 14. Which counsel the Church religiously heeding, and how by observation of times and other circumstances the memories and capacities of weak people were the better assisted, it was provided, that there should be annual commemorations of the principal mysteries of our redemption ; and certain particular days were dedicated to that purpose, as nigh as might be guessed, for the most part, upon those very seasons of the year in which the several mysteries were accomplished ; and, indeed, this is not that heathena ish or idolatrous heeding of time, reprehended in Isaiah, 47. nor such as Jewish or superstitious observation of days, and months, and times, and years, as is reproved by St. Paul, Gal. 4. nor a toleration for idleness, contrary to the fourth commandment; but a Christian and warrantable observation, profitably ordained, that things might be done in order, that the understanding might
be the better edified, that the memory might be the oftener refreshed, and that the devotion might be the more stirred ир. .
It is true, that we ought to watch every hour ; but if the Church had not by her authority appointed set days and hours to keep us awake in, some of us would hardly watch one hour; and therefore those, who have zeal according to know ledge, do not only religiously observe the Church's appointed time, but do, by her example, voluntarily also appoint unto themselves certain days and hours of the day for Christian exercises.
Neither can any man suppose this commendable observation of feasts, neither burthensome by multitude, nor superstitious by institution, to be an abridgment of Christian liberty, who, as he ought to do, believeth that the service of God is perfect freedom. We persuade not that one day is more holy than another in its own nature, but admonish that those be reverently and christianly observed, which are upon so good ground, and with prudent moderation dedicated to the worship of God; for it cannot be denied, that even those, who are but coldly affected to the Church's ordinances in this kind, do nevertheless often apprehend the mystery of Christ's nativity and passion, upon the days of commemorating them, much more feelingly than at other
and that they forget also some other mysteries altogether, until they are remembered of them by the distinction and observation of times used in the Church.