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These things considered, and because there be many who, through ignorance rather than obstinacy, have neglected the Church's ordinance in this point, here are added, to those Songs of the Church, which were either taken out of the Canonical Scripture or anciently in use, certain other spiritual Songs and Hymns, appropriated to those days and occasions, which are most observable throughout the year. And before each several Hymn is prefixed a brief preface, also to declare their use and the purpose of each commemoration ; that such who have, heretofore, through ignorance, contemned the Church's discipline therein, might behave themselves 'more reverently hereafter, and learn not to speak evil of those things they understand not.
WHEN Jesus Christ incarnate was,
When he from heav'n descends again
To be our judge, returns-he then. And then despair will those confound, That his first coming nought regard, And those who, till the trumpet sound, Consume their leisures unprepared:
Curst be those pleasures, cry they may,
Which drove the thought of this away. The Jews abjected yet remain, That his first Advent heeded not ; And those five virgins knock’ in vain, Who to provide them oil forgot ;
But fair and blessed those men are,
Who for his comings do prepare.
Yea, though at midnight he should call,
And so provide before that feast,
And we bid welcome, with good cheer,
That coming, which so many fear.
Lord Jesu! come away,
And grant us thereof such foresight,
AS on the night before this blessed morn
Through Bethlem rung
Yea, angels sung,
That God with us was born;
This favour Christ vouchsafed for our sake :
Our flesh he wore,
Our curse he bore,
That we escape it may;
His love therefore, O let us all confess,
Another for Christmas Day.
A SONG of joy unto the Lord we sing,
And to the sons of men his works express!
And flesh a throne above all angels had.
To visit earth, he heav'n awhile forsook,
But with the sinful angels dealt not so.
And this befell, when God with us was seen. For sinful men all this to pass was brought, As long before the prophets had forespoke; So, he that first our shame and ruin wrought, Once bruis’d our heel, but now his head is broke; And he hath made us whole, who gave that
stroke. The lamb hath play'd devouring wolves among ; The morning-star of Jacob doth appear; From Jesse's root our tree of life is sprung, And all God's words in him fulfilled are;
Yet we are slack his praises to declare.
Circumcision, or New Year's Day.
THIS day thy flesh, 0 Christ ! did bleed,
Those drops divin'd that shower of blood,