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OCCASIONAL HYMNS

The Opening and Closing of the Year

BENEVENTO 7.7.7.7.D.

1 While with cease - less course the sun Hasted through the for

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Many souls their race have run, Never more to meet

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Arr. from Samuel Webbe, 1782

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2 As the wingèd arrow flies

Speedily the mark to find,
As the lightning from the skies
Darts, and leaves no trace behind,
Swiftly thus our fleeting days

Bear us down life's rapid stream;
Upward, Lord, our spirits raise,
All below is but a dream.

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We a little longer wait, But how little none can know.

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3 Thanks for mercies past receive;
Pardon of our sins renew;
Teach us henceforth how to live
With eternity in view;
Bless Thy word to young and old;
Fill us with a Saviour's love;
And when life's short tale is told,
May we dwell with Thee above.

Rev. John Newton, 1774

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2 "I, the Lord, am with thee,
Be thou not afraid;

I will help and strengthen,
Be thou not dismayed.

Ma-king us re - joice. On- ward, then, and fear not, Children of the

Arthur H. Mann, 1885

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(See also ST. ALBAN, No. 239)

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Yea, I will uphold thee

With My own right hand;
Thou art called and chosen
In My sight to stand."
Onward, etc.

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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;

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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,
On the cross for sinners shown,
We would praise Thee, and surrender
All our hearts to be Thine own:
With so blest a Friend provided,

We upon our way would go,
Sure of being safely guided,

Guarded well from every foe.

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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

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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.

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Rev. John B. Dykes, 1862

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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:
Keep us, good Lord,

Till Thou appear;
With Thee to live,

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;

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Rev. Edward Caswall, 1858: recast in "Church Hymns," 1871

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