Let all mortal flesh keep silence

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Let all mortal flesh keep silence,
and with fear and trembling stand;
ponder nothing earthly-minded,
for with blessing in his hand,
Christ our God to earth descendeth,
our full homage to demand.

from Liturgy of St. James

 

 

How weary ’twas to wait

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How weary ’twas to wait! The year
Went dragging slowly on;
The red leaf to the running brook
Dropped sadly, and was gone;
December came, and locked in ice
The plashing of the mill;
The white snow filled the orchard up;
But she was waiting still.

from Verses to Order by Henry Austin Dobson

 

We feel the resurrection

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We feel the resurrection near,

our life in Christ concealed,

and with His glorious presence here

our earthen vessels filled.

O would He more of heaven bestow,

and let the vessels break,

and let our ransomed spirits go

to grasp the God we seek…

by Charles Wesley

And temper all, thou world-reviving sun

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Be gracious, Heaven, for now laborious man
Has done his part. Ye fostering breezes, blow;
Ye softening dews, ye tender showers, descend;
And temper all, thou world-reviving sun,
Into the perfect year.

from The Seasons: “Spring” by James Thomson (1700-1748)

In thee I every glory view

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In thee I every glory view,
Of safety, strength, and beauty too;
Beloved Saviour, ever be
A Sanctuary unto me.

Whatever woes and fears betide,
In thy dear bosom let me hide;
And, while I pour my soul to thee,
Do thou my Sanctuary be.

Through life and all its changing scenes,
And all the grief that intervenes,
’Tis this supports my fainting heart,
That thou my Sanctuary art.

from Christ a Sanctuary by Samuel Medly 1738-1799