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In witness of his Lord,
Warring unharmed with sin and fear.
But who can e'er suffice-
The gift were too divine to ask,
But thou hast made it sure
A GOOD PRIEST.
Give me the priest these graces shall possess;
BP. KENN. SAINT PHILIP AND SAINT JAMES'S * DAY.
COLLECT. O Almighty God, whom truly to know is everlasting life; grant us perfectly to know thy Son Jesus Christ to be the way, the truth, and the life, that following the steps of thy holy Apostles Saint Philip and Saint James, we may steadfastly walk in the way that leadeth to eternal life, through the same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Holy Jesus, Saviour blest
Holy Jesus, when the night
Holy Jesus, when our power
* James the Less.
All unequal to the strife;
Who would reach his heavenly home;
BP. MANT SAINT JOHN THE BAPTIST'S DAY.
COLLECT. Almighty God, by whose providence thy servant John Baptist was wonderfully born, and sent to prepare the way of thy Son, our Saviour, by preaching repentance; make us so to follow his doctrine and holy life, that we may truly repent according to his preaching ; and, after his example, constantly speak the truth, boldly rebuke vice, and patiently suffer for the truth's sake; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
HARK through the lonely waste,
By foot of man unpaced, “ Prepare the way,” a warning voice resounds!
“ Level the opposing hill,
The hollow valley fill, Make straight the crooked, smooth the rugged grounds ; Prepare a passage, — form it plain and broad; And through the desert make a highway for our God !”
Thine, BAPTIST, was the cry,
Heard in clear accents by the prophet's ear;
As if 't were thine to wait,
And with imperial state Herald some Eastern monarch's proud career; Who thus might march his host in full array, And speed through trackless wilds his unresisted way.
But other task hadst thou
Than lofty hills to bow,
Thine was the harder part
To smooth the human heart, The wilderness where sin had fixed his reign ; To make deceit his mazy wiles forego, Bring down high-vaulting pride, and lay ambition low.
Such, Baptist, was thy care,
That no obstruction there
But that a clear highway
Might welcome the array Of heavenly graces which his presence brings ; And where repentance had prepared the road, There faith might enter in, and love to man and God.