All this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet.@Matthew 1:22
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Horatius Bonar (1808-1889)

Horatius Bonar, Hymns of Faith and Hope, second series (London: James Nisbet, 1861), pages 215-18.

Mississauga Philip Phillips, The Gospel Singer 1874 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Philip Phillips (1834-1895)

Come and hear the grand old story,
Story of the ages past;
All earth’s annals far surpassing,
Story that shall ever last.

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Noblest, truest, oldest, newest,
Fairest, rarest, saddest, gladdest,
That this earth has ever known.

Christ, the Father’s Son eternal,
Once was born, a Son of man;
He, who never knew beginning,
Here on earth a life began.

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Here in David’s lowly city,
Tenant of the manger-bed,
Child of everlasting ages,
Mary’s infant, lays His head.

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There He lies, in mighty weakness,
David’s Lord and David’s Son;
Creature and Creator meeting,
Heaven and earth conjoined in one.

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Here at Nazareth He dwelleth,
’Mid the sin of sinful men;
Sorrowful, forlorn, and hated,
And yet hating none again.

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Here in Galilee He wanders,
Through its teeming cities moves,
Climbs its mountains, walks its waters,
Blesses, comforts, saves, and loves.

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Words of truth and deeds of kindness,
Miracles of grace and might,
Scatter fragrance all around Him,
Shine with Heav’n’s most glorious light.

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In Gethsemane behold Him
In the agony of prayer;
Kneeling, pleading, groaning, bleeding,
Soul and body prostrate there.

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All alone He wrestles yonder,
Close beside Him stands the cup,
Bitterest cup that man e’er tasted,
Yet for us He drinks it up.

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In the Roman hall behold Him
Stand at Pilate’s judgment-seat,
Mocked and beaten, crowned and wounded;
Jew and Gentile join in hate.

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On to Golgotha He hastens,
Yonder stands His cross of woe;
From His hands, and feet, and forehead,
See the precious life-blood flow.

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Sinless, He our sin is bearing,
All our sorrows on Him lie,
And His stripes our wounds are healing,
God, for man, consents to die.

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It is finished! See His body
Laid alone in Joseph’s tomb;
’Tis for us He lieth yonder,
Prince of Light enwrapt in gloom.

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But in vain the grave has bound Him,
Death has barred its gate in vain;
See, for us the Savior rises,
See, for us He bursts the chain.

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Hear we then the grand old story,
True as God’s all-faithful Word,
Best of tidings to the guilty,
Of a dead and risen Lord.

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’Tis eternal life to know it,
Light and love are shining there,
While we look, and gaze, and listen,
All its joy and peace we share.

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Hear we then the grand old story,
And in listening learn the love,
Flowing through it to the guilty,
From our pardoning God above.

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Glory be to God the Father,
Glory be to God the Son,
Glory be to God the Spirit,
Great Jehovah, Three in One.

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