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LXXVIII. St. Luke Chap. II. Ver. 15, 16, 17.


15. The shepherds said one to another, let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath m.ide known unto us.

16. And they came with hafte, and found Mary and Joseph, and the babe lying in the manger. 17. And when they had

seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child.


Our Saviour presented, and good old

Simeon's Nunc dimittis.


W to the Temple they our Lord convey,

Two Turtle-Doves, as Moses bids, to pay: When loe an aged Sire accosts 'em there, Simeon his Name, his Head with silver Hair Was venerably crown'd, whose pious Zeal To recompense, an Angel did reveal, He shou'd not die, nor cou'd he freely rest Until his Saviour's fight his Eyes had blest. He came, in his glad Arins the Child he takes With Tears of Joy, and thus his silence breaks. -Lord let thy Servant now in Peace depart, Whose aged Eyes have seen whar Joys his Heart : Thy wilh'd Salvation, now no more confin'd To Fudal's Land, or Jacob's chosen Kind; But for the universal Globe prepard, To be alike by all the Faithful shar'd: A Light to Gentiles, who in darkness dwell, The Glory and the Pride of thy lov'd Israel.

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St. Luke Chap. II. Ver. 28, to 32.



28. Simeon took him up in his arms, and bless Sed God, and said,

29. Lod, now lettest thou thy servant depart in
peace, according to thy word,

30. For mine eyes have seen thy Salvation:
31. Which thou hast prepared before the face of

all people :

32. A light to lighten the gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel.




Jesus found Disputing with the Doctors

in the Temple.
WHen Childhood past, and blooming Youth
Unto the sacred Town their Heav'n-born Son
His pious Parents brought, a glorious Guest,
Himself the Lamb, to their great Paschal Feast.
To God's high Temple he did soon repair,

Not unimploy'd, nor idly gazing there,
But went where learned Hillel fill'd the Chair;
High rais'd the Sanhedrim and Doctors round,
Below th' attentive Audience on the Ground:
Silent a while our Saviour fat, but rose
At length, and did his weighty Doubts propose.
The Reverend Fathers with amazement heard,
His stronger Judgment to their own preferrd:
Here, by his careful Parents found, who mournd
His Loss, and searching to the Town return'd:
His Mother asks him, Why so long he staid,
And both uneasy with his absence made ?
---Why shou'd you seek me, he replys; And where
But to my Father's House fhou'd I repair,
In whose bless'd Service I my Hours have spent?
Amaz’d they filent ftood, unknowing what he



St. Luke Chap. II. Ver. 46, to 49.

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46. They found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the do&tors, both bearing them, and asking them questions.

47. And all that heard him were astonished at his understanding and answers.

48. And when they saw him, they were amazed : and his mother said unto him, Son, why hast thou thus dealt with us? behold, thy father and I have fought thee forrowing.

49. And he said unto them, How is it that ye fought me? Wist je not that I must be about my father's business

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