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Blessed is the man, whom thou choosest, and causest
to a]->proach unto thee, that he may dwell in thy courts.

Blessed be God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
who, according to his abundant mercy, hath begotten us
again unto a lively hope, by the resurrection of Jesus
Christ from the dead ;

To an inheritance incorruptible, undefiled, and that
fiideth not away, reserved in heaven for us.

Blessed be the Lord God, the God of Israel, who only
doeth wondrous things.

And blessed be his glorious name for ever : and let
the whole earth be filled with his glory.

Blessed be the Loi-d, from one generation to another:
and let all the people say, Amen.

Glory be, &c.

Tenth Canticle.

A YE servants of the Lord, praise the name of the
Blessed be the name of the Lord, from this time forth
and for ever more.

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From the rising of the sun, even unto the going down
of the same, the Lord's name is to be praised.

The Lord is high above all nations, and his glory
above the heavens.

Who is like unto the Lord our God, who dwelleth on
high ; and yet humbleth himself to behold the things
j that ai-e in heaven and earth.

The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and
of great goodness.

He hath not dealt with us after our sins, nor rewarded
us according to our iniquities.

God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love where-
with he loved us, even when we were dead in sins, hath
quickened us together Avith Christ ;

Unto him be glory in the Church, by Christ Jesus,
throughout all ages, world without end.

Glory be, &c.

Eleventh Canticle.

T WILL sing of the mercies of the Loi'd. With my
mouth will I make known thy faithfuhiess to all

O Lord God of Hosts ! who is like unto thee ? Thou
hast a mighty arm ; strong is thy hand, and high is thy
right hand.

Justice and judgment are the foundation of thy throne :
mercy and truth go before thy

Great and marvellous are thy works, Lord God Al-

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mighty ! Just and true are thy ways, thou king of
saints !

Who would not fear thee, O Lord I and glorify thy
name ? For thou only art holy.

All nations shall come and worship before thee ; for
thy judgments are made manifest.

Rejoice in the Lord, ye righteous, and give thanks at
the remembrance of his holiness.

Praise his name, which is great, and greatly to be
feared, for it is holy.

Praise the power of the King, who loveth righteous-

Exalt the Lord our God ; and worship at his footstool,-
for he is holy.

Praise him in psalms, and hymns, and spiritual songs,
singing and making melody in your heart unto the

Give thanks always for all things, unto our God and
Father, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Glory be, &c.

Twelfth Canticle.

T WILL bless the Lord at all times : his praise shall
continually be in my mouth.
My soul shall glory in the Lord ; the humble shall
hoar thereof and be o'lad.

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O ! magnify tlie Lord with me, and let us exalt bis
name together.

O taste and see how gracious the Lord is ! Blessed
is the man that trusteth in him.

Thy mercy, O Lord ! reacheth unto the heavens, and
thy truth unto the clouds.

Thy righteousness is like the great mountains ; thy
judgments are like the great deep ! Lord ! thou pre-
servest man and beast.

How excellent is thy loving kindness, O God ! There-
fore, the children of men put their trust under the sha-
dow of thy wings.

- They shall be satisfied with the plenteousness of thy
house ; and thou shalt make them drink of the river of
thy pleasure.

For with thee is the fountain of life : and in thy light
shall we see light.

O continue thy loving kindness unto them that know
thee ; and thy righteousness unto the upright in heart.

Now unto him, that is able to keep us from falhng,
and to present us faultless, before the presence of his
glory, with exceeding joy :

To the only wise God, our Saviour, be glory and
majesty, dominion and power, both now and for ever.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the
Holy Ghost; as it was in the beginning, is now, and
ever shall be, w"brld without end. Amen.

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Thirteenth Canticle.

A LORD ! let our prayer be set forth in thy sight, as
incense ; and the Hfting up of our hands, be as the
evening sacrifice.

Bless ye the Lord, all ye servants oi ttie Lord ; ye
who worship in the house of the Lord.

Lift up your hands in the sanctuary, and bless the

Praise ye the Lord, sing praises unto our God ; for it
is a pleasant thing to be thankful.

Our Lord is above all : whatever he pleaseth, that
doeth he, in heaven and in earth, in the sea, and in all
deep places.

Bless the Lord, O house of Israel ! Bless the Lord,
house of Aaron ! Bless the Lord, O house of Levi !
Ye that fear the Lord, bless the Lord.

God having raised up his Son Jesus, sent him to
bless us, in turning away every one of us from his ini-

Thanks be unto God, for his unspeakable gift.

AVe give thanks to thee, O God ! who art the Father
of our Lord Jesus Christ, for the hope Avhich is laid up
for us in heaven.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the
Holy Ghost ; as it was in the beginning, is now, and
ever shall be, world without end. Amen.


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Fourteenth Canticle.

T T is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord, and
to sing jDvaises unto thy name, O Most High !
To show forth thy loving kindness in the morning,
and thy faithfulness every night.

O Lord ! thou hast made us glad through thy works,
and we will rejoice in the operations of thy hands.

O Lord ! how glorious are thy works ! Thy thoughts
are very deep.

O Lord our God ! thou art clothed with majesty and

Manifold are thy works ; in wisdom hast thou made
them all.

The earth is full of thy riches.

The heavens declare thy glory, and the firmament
showeth thy handy w^ork.

The glory of the Lord will endure for ever i вАФ the
Lord will rejoice in his works.

Let all those who fear him bless him, saying, Holy,
Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty ! who w^ast, and art, and
art to come.

Thou art worthy to receive glory, and honour, and
power ; for thou hast created all things, and for thy
pleasure they were created.

Wherefore we bless thee, O Eternal God ! Creator
and Redeemer of the world, we magnify thy power and
extol thy mercy.
Glory be, &c.

Fifth.] CANTICLES, 179

Fifteenth Canticle.

p OME ye and bless the Lord your God, for ever and
ever : and blessed, O God ! be thy glorious name.

Thou, Lord, in the beginning, didst lay the founda-
tion of the earth, and the heavens are the work of thy
hands :

They shall perish, but thou remainest ; they all shall
wax old, and shall be changed ; but thoa art forever the
same, and thy years shall not fail.

All thy works shall praise thee, O Lord ! thy saints
shall bless thee.

The works of the Lord are great ; sought out of all
them that have pleasure therein.

His works are full of majesty and glory ; his right-
eousness endureth for ever.

The Lord is full of compassion ; his tender mercies
are over all his works.

He hath remembered his covenant; he hath sent
redemption unto his people ; holy and reverend is his

Let all creatures praise the Lord, and let him be for
ever blessed in the congregation of the saints.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the
Holy Ghost ; as it was in tlie beginning, is now, and
ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

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Sixteenth Canticle.

A ! COME let us worship the Lord ; let us praise him,
and give him thanks for all his benefits.

Lord, our God ! how excellent is thy name, in all
the earth. Thy glory is above the heavens.

Lord! what is man, that thou art mindful of him,
and the son of man, that thou visitest him ?

Lord Jesus ! thou art the only Son of the Father :
thou art God over all blessed forever.

Thou art the image of the invisible God : the first
born of all creatures.

By thee were all things created, that are in heaven
and earth : Thou wast before all things, and by thee do
all things subsist.

Thou art seated at the right hand of the Father.
Thou hast all power in heaven and earth :

And we know that thou shalt come in thy glory, to
judge the quick and the dead.

We place our trust in thee, O our Saviour ! and offer
unto thee our thanks.

Unto him that loved us, and gave himself for us, be
glory and dominion for ever and ever.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the
Holy Ghost; as it was in the beginning, is now, and
ever shall be, world without end. Araen.

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Seventeenth Canticle.

CING unto the Lord, bless Lis name: show forth his
salvation from day to day.

For the Lord is great, and greatly to be praised : he
is to be feared above all gods.

The gods of the nations are idols ; but the Lord made
the heavens.

Majesty and glory are before him : power and excel-
lence are in his sanctuary.

Ascribe unto the Lord, O ye people ! ascribe unto the
Lord, glory and honour.

Ascribe unto the Lord, the honour due unto his name:
bring your offerings and come into his courts.

O ! worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness ; let
the whole earth stand in awe of him.

Declare through all the earth, the Lord reigneth;
with righteousness will he judge the world, and the peo-
ple with equity.

Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for he hath visited
and redeemed his people.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus
Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings,
in heavenly places, in Christ.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the
Holy Ghost ; as it was in the beginning, is now, and
ever shall be, world without end. Amen,

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Eighteenth Canticle.


Ty E praise thee, O God ! we acknowledge thee to be
the Lord.

All the earth doth worship thee, the Father everlast-

To thee all Angels cry aloud ; the Heavens, and all the
Powders therein.

To thee, Cherubim and Seraphim continually do cry.

Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of Sabaoth.

Heaven and earth are full of the majesty of thy glory.

The glorious company of the Apostles praise thee.

The goodly fellowship of the Proj^hets praise thee.

The noble army of Martyrs praise thee.

The holy Church, throughout all the world, doth
acknowledge thee.

The Father, of an infinite Majesty ;

Thine adorable, true, and only Son ;

Also the Holy Ghost, the Comforter.

Thou art the King of Glory, O Christ !

Thou art the everlasting Son of the Father.

When thou tookest upon thee to dehver man, thou
didst humble thyself to be born of a Virgin.

When thou hadst overcome the sharpness of death,
thou didst open the kingdom of heaven to all believers.

Thou sittest at the right hand of God, in the glory of
the Father.

We believe that thou shalt come to be our Judge.

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We therefore pray thee, help thy servants, whom thou
hast redeemed with thy precious blood.

Make them to be numbered with thy saints, in glory

Lord ! save thy people, and bless thine heritage.

Govern them, and lift them up for ever.

Day by day we magnify thee ;

And we worship thy name ever, world without end.

Vouchsafe, O Lord, to keep us this day without sin.

O Lord ! have mercy upon us, have mercy upon us.

Lord ! let thy mercy be upon us, as our trust is in

O Lord ! in thee have I trusted ; let me never be

Nineteenth Canticle.

Psalm LXV[I.

P OD be merciful unto us, and bless us, and show us
the light of his countenance, and be merciful unto

That thy Avay may be known upon earth, thy saving
health among all nations.

Let the people praise thee, God! yea, let all the
people praise thee.

O let the nations rejoice and be glad ; for thou shalt
judge the folk righteously, and govern the nations upon

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Let the people praise tliee, God ! yea, let all tlie
people praise thee.

Then shall the earth bring forth her increase ; and
God, even our own God, shall give us his blessing.

God shall bless us, and all the ends of the world shall
fear him.

Twentieth Canticle.

Psalm C.

C\ BE joyful in the Lord, all ye lands : serve the Lord
with gladness, and come before his presence with
a song.

Be ye sure that the Lord he is God ; it is he that
hath made us, and not we ourselves ; we are his people,
and the sheep of his pasture.

O go your w^ay into his gates with thanksgiving, and
into his courts with praise ; be thankful unto him, and
speak good of his name.

For the Lord is gracious, his mercy is everlasting;
and his truth endureth from generation to generation.

Twen ty -Firs t Canticle.

From Psalm CIII.

T) RAISE the Lord, my soul, and all that is within
me, praise his holy name.

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Praise tlie Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his
benefits :

Who forgiveth all thy sin, and healeth all thine in-
firmities ;

Who saveth thy life from destruction, and crowneth
thee "with mercy and loving-kindness.

O praise the Lord, ye angels of his, ye that excel in
strength ; ye that fulfil his commandment, and hearken
unto the voice of his word.

O praise the Lord, all ye his hosts ; ye servants of
his that do his pleasure.

speak good of the Lord, all ye works of his, in all
places of his dominion : praise thou the Lord, O my

Twenty- Second Canticle.

Psalm CL.

A PRAISE God in his holiness : praise him in the
firmament of his power.

Praise him in his noble acts : praise him according to
his excellent greatness.

Praise him in the sound of the trumpet : praise him
upon the lute and harp.

Praise him in the cymbals and dances : praise him
upon the strings and pipe.

Praise him upon the well-tuned cymbals : praise him
ui)on the loud cymbals.

Let eveiy thing that hath breath praise the Lord.

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Twenty- Third Can ticle^


CING unto the Lord a new song* : let his praise be
declared throughout the earth and in the sea.

Let the wilderness and the cities lift up their voice :
let men rejoice with songs of triumph.

Let them give glory unto the Lord : let them make
known his praises among the isles.

The Lord hath comforted his people : and all the ends
of the earth shall see the salvation of our God.

Say ye to the Daughter of Zion : behold, thy Saviour
Cometh : behold, his reward is with him.

Unto you, that fear my name, shall the Sun of right-
eousness arise, with healing in his wings.

The glory of the Lord shall be revealed : and all flesh
shall see it together.

Death shall be swallowed up in victory : and the Lord
God will wipe away all tears from our eyes.


In that day shall it be said : Lo ! this is our God : we
have waited for him, and he will save us.

Lo ! this is the Lord : we will rejoice in his salvation.
Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.
Glory be, (fee.

Tiventy- Fourth Canticle.


T) EHOLD ! I bring you good tidings of great joy.

For unto you is born this day, in the city of David,
a Saviour, which is Christ, the Lord !

Glory to God in the highest, on earth peace, good will
towards men.

Unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given ; and
the government shall be on his shoulders ;

And his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor,
the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of
i Peace.

God hath remembered his covenant : he hath sent
redemption unto his people.

Israel hath been saved in the Lord, with an everlast-
ing salvation.

This is the Lord's doing, and it is marvellous in our

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This is the day, which the Lord hath made : we will
rejoice and be glad in it.

Behold, now is the accepted time ; behold, now is the
day of salvation.

Let it be said throughout the earth, the Lord reign-
eth ; let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad.

For with righteousness will he judge the world, and
the people with his truth.

Blessed be he, that cometh in the name of the Lord ;
Hosanna in the highest.

Glory be, &c.

Twenty -Fifth Canticle.


"DLESSED be the Lord God of Israel, for he hath
visited and redeemed his people ;

And hath raised up a horn of salvation for us, in the
house of his servant David.

As he spake by the mouth of his holy prophets, that
we should be saved from our enemies, and from the
hand of all that hate us ;

To perform the mercy promised to our fathers, and to
remember his holy covenant :

The oath which he sware unto our father Abraham,

That he would grant unto us, that we, being delivered

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out of the hand of our enemies, raiglit serve him, with-
out fear,

In hoHness and righteousness, all the days of our life.

He hath given knowledge of salvation unto his peo-
ple, by the remission of their sins,

Through the tender mercy of our God, whereby the
day spring from on high hath visited us.

To give light to them that sit in darkness, and in the
shadow of death ; to guide our feet into the way of

Glory be, &c.

Twenty-Sixth Canticle.


C ING unto the Lord a new song, for he hath done
marvellous things.

His right hand, and his holy arm hath gotten him
the victory.

The Lord hath made known his salvation : his right-
eousness hath he openly showed in the sight of the

He hath remembered his mercy and his truth.

Show yourselves joyful unto the Lord, all ye lands ;
rejoice and sing praises.

Let the sea make a noise, and all that therein is, the
world and they that dwell therein.

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Let the floods clap tlieir hands, and let the hills be
joyfu> together before the Lord, for he cometh to judge
the earth.

With righteousness shall he judge the world, and the
people with equity.

This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all accepta-
tion, that Jesus Christ came into the world to save sin-

Lord ! now lettest thou thy servants depart in peace.

For our eyes have seen thy salvation, which thou hast
prepared before the face of all people :

A hght to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy
people Israel.

Glory be, &c.

Twenty- Seventh Canticle.


n HRTST our Passover was sacrificed for us. He was
delivered for our offences.

He bare our sins in his body on the tree : and God
hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.

His soul was exceedingly sorrowful, even unto death :

He was brought as a lamb to the slaughter : he hum-
bled him elf even unto the death of the cross.

He was taken away through the force of agony and

Fifth.] CANTICLES. 191

of condemnation ; and he was cut off out of the land
of the hving.

Worthy is the Lamb that was slain, to receive power,
and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and
glorj, and blessing for ever and ever.

Let every creature that is in heaven, and on the earth,
give praise and honour to him, that sitteth on the throne,
and unto the Lamb.

Now is come the kingdom of God, and the power of
his Christ.

Glory be, &c.

Twenty-Eighth Canticle.


T ET US bless God, our Father, for the gift of his Son,
through whom we have redemption, even the re-
mission of om* sins.

Lord Jesus ! thou gavest thyself for us, that thou
mightest deliver us from this present evil world, accord-
ing to the will of God, our Father.

Knowing that in burnt offerings and sacrifices, God
had no pleasure ;

Thou saidst, Lo ! I come ; in the volume of the book
it is written of me, to do thy will, God !

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After tlioii hadst offered one sacrifice for sin, tliou
didst sit down for ever, at the right hand of God.

For by this one offering thou hast perfected for ever
them that are sanctified.

Thy throne, God ! endureth for ever and ever ; a
sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom.

Thou hast loved righteousness ; therefore God, even
thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness
above thy fellows.

Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect?
It is God that justifieth.

Who is he that condemneth ? It is Christ that died ;
yea rather that is risen again.

He died for our offences, and was raised again for our

Glory be, &c.

Twenty-Nmlh Canticle.


p HRIST our Passover was sacrificed for us :

Therefore, let us keep the feast, not with the leaven
of wickadness and hypocrisy, but with the unleavened
bread of sincerity and truth.

Christ, being raised from the dead, dieth no more ;
death hath no more dominion over him.

Fifth.] CANTICLES. 193

He died unto sin once, but now lie liveth unto God.

Being the Prince of life, it was not possible that he
should be holden of the bonds of death.

God hath not left his soul in the place of departed
spirits ; neither hath he suffered his Holy One to see

He was dead, but he liveth for ever more ; and hath
the keys of hell and of death.

Christ is risen from the dead, and become the first
fruits of them that sleep.

Since by man came death, by man came also the
resurrection of the dead : and as in Adam all die, even
so in Christ shall all be made alive.

Death is swallowed up in victory. death ! where
is thy sting ? O grave ! where is thy victory ?

Thanks be to God, who giveth us the victory, through
our Lord Jesus Christ.

Glory be, &c.

Thirtieth Canticle.


THIS is a faithful saying, and worthy of all accepta^
tion, that Jesus Christ came into the world to save

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Therefore, we will sing hymns in honour of our God ;
and praise him above all, for ever and ever.

"Who spared not his own Son.

Who ordained that he should be despised and re-
jected of men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with
grief ;

That he should be wounded for our transgressions,
and bruised for our iniquities ;

That the chastisement of our peace should be upon
him ; and that by his stripes we should be healed.

Forasmuch as children are partakers of flesh and
blood, he became partaker of the same ; that, through
his death, he might destroy him that had the power of
death ;

And deliver them, who through fear of death, were
all their life time subject to bondage.

Now is come salvation and strength, the kingdom of
our God and the power of his Christ.

We see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the
angels, crowned with glory and honour ; that he, by the
grace of God, should taste death for every man.

Let us sing the new song of those who were redeemed
from among men, being the first fi-uits unto God and to
the Lmnh.

Let us fear God, and give glory to him : let us wor-
ship him who made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and
the fountains of waters.

Glory be, &c.

Fifth.] CANTICLES. 195

Thirty-First Canticle.


A TASTE and see that the Lord is gracious.

Coming unto him, as unto a living stone ; disal-
lowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious;

Ye also as living stones are built up a spiritual
house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices,
acceptable to God, through Jesus Christ.

Ye, who in time past were not his people, but are
now the people of God ; ye, who had not obtained
mercy, but now have obtained mercy ;

Consider well, that ye were not redeemed with cor-
ruj^tible things, as silver and gold, from your vain con-

But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb
without blemish and without spot.

By him ye believe in God, that raised him up from
the dead, and gave him glory, that your faith and hope
might be in God.

Let us bless him that cometh in the name of the

Though he were the Son of God, yet learned he
obedience, by the things which he suffered :

And being made perfect, he became the author of
eternal salvation, unto all them that obey him.

Having therefore, brethren, liberty to enter into the
holiest, by the blood of Jesus ;

Let us draw near with a true heart, in full assurance


of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil con-

Through him, we have access, by one Spirit, unto the

Now unto him. that is able to do exceeding abun-
dantly, above all that we ask or think, according to the
power that worketh in us ; unto him be glory in the
Church, throughout all ages.

Glory be, &c.

Thirty- Second Canticle.


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