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The Opening and Closing of the Year
1 While with cease - less course the sun Hasted through the for
Fixed in an
Many souls their race have run, Never more to meet
Arr. from Samuel Webbe, 1782
nal state, They have done with
2 As the wingèd arrow flies
Speedily the mark to find,
Bear us down life's rapid stream;
We a little longer wait, But how little none can know.
3 Thanks for mercies past receive;
Rev. John Newton, 1774
For His word shall nev
2 "I, the Lord, am with thee,
I will help and strengthen,
Ma-king us re - joice. On- ward, then, and fear not, Children of the
Arthur H. Mann, 1885
(See also ST. ALBAN, No. 239)
er, Never pass a way. A-MEN.
Yea, I will uphold thee
With My own right hand;
1 At Thy feet, our God and Father, Who hast blessed us all our days,
We with grate - ful hearts would gather, To begin the year with praise:
Praise for light so bright-ly shi - ning On our steps from heaven above;
Henry Smart, 1867
Praise for mer- cies daily twi-ning Round us gold- en cords of
(See also AUTUMN, No. 516)
2 Jesus, for Thy love most tender,
We upon our way would go,
Guarded well from every foe.
3 Every day will be the brighter When Thy gracious face we see; Every burden will be lighter
When we know it comes from Thee.. Spread Thy love's broad banner o'er us, Give us strength to serve and wait, Till the glory breaks before us Through the city's open gate.
Rev. James D. Burns, 1861
4 Wise that we our days may number, Strive and wrestle with our sin, Stay not in our work, nor slumber Till Thy glorious rest we win.
ƒ (For verse 6)
us on -ward to the dead:
Rev. John B. Dykes, 1862
5 Soon before the Judge all glorious We with all the dead shall stand: Saviour, over death victorious,
Place us then on Thy right hand.
6 Life passeth soon:
Death draweth near:
Till Thou appear;
With Thee to die, With Thee to reign through eternity.
6 Life pass-eth soon: Death draw -eth near: Keep us, good Lord, Till Thou ap- pear;
Rev. Edward Caswall, 1858: recast in "Church Hymns," 1871
With Thee to live, With Thee to die, With Thee to reign thro' e- ter