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114
WHEN OLD FATHER JACOB.
When old Father Jacob was ready to die, He call'd for his twelve sons whereas he did lie, And by inspiration of power divine He told them their fortune, as God did design. And therefore be merry,
The joys of all Angels and Saints let us sing, For the birth of our Saviour, Priest, Prophet, and King.
Reuben, my first born and eldest art thou, The strength of my loins, and son of my vow, But since thou with incest my bed hast defiled, This day from thy birthright I have thee exil'd.
And therefore, &c. Judah, thou ordain'd unto that title art, From whom law and sceptre shall never depart, Until that Christ come whom the people shall serve, Who by his own merits the world shall preserve.
And therefore, &c. Moses, that excellent prophet and clerk, Confirmeth the saying of this patriarch ; For shewing that God in his likeness would raise A prophet to Israel in the latter days.
And therefore, &c.

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