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Children of the Day.

C.M.D. 1. THE old year's long campaign is o'er,

Behold a new begun ;
Not yet is closed the holy war,

Not yet the triumph won.
Not yet the end, not yet repose !

We hear our Captain say,
“Go forth again to meet your foes,

Ye children of the day.
2. “Go forth, firm faith on every heart,

Bright hope on every helm ;
Through that shall pierce no fiery dart,

And this no fear o'erwhelm.
Go in the Spirit and the might

Of Him who led the way ;
Close with the legions of the night,

Ye children of the day.”
3. So forth we go to meet the strife,

We will not fear nor fly;
We love the holy warrior's life,

His death we hope to die.
We slumber not, that charge in view,

“Toil on while toil ye may,
Then night shall be no night to you,

Ye children of the day.”
4. Lord God the High and Holy One,

Thine own sustain, defend;
And give, though dim this earthly sin,

Thy true light to the end ;
Till morning tread the darkness down,

And night be swept away,
And infinite, sweet triumph crown
The children of the day.

S. J. Stone,


The New Year.



HOUSE of our God with hymns of gladness ring,

While all our lips and hearts His praises sing ! The opening year His mercies shall proclaim,

And all its days shall celebrate His name.
2. Ye angel choirs on high, whose dwelling place

Shines with the glory of His unveiled face,
Through your immortal life, as love still grows,

Tell of His goodness, which no ending knows. 3. O Earth, enlightened by His rays divine,

Stored by His hand with corn and oil and wine,
Crowned with His goodness, let thy nations raise

From shore to shore the song of ceaseless praise. 4. O Church, His chosen dwelling and delight,

Graven on His hands, and precious in His sight,
Sing the deep marvels of that boundless grace,

Which sheds on thee the brightness of His face. 5. Burst into praise, my soul ! and evermore

Through changing life thy changeless God adore ;
He is thy trust, thy refuge, and thy fear;
Strong in His strength, begin the new-born year.

P. Doddridge and J. Ellerton,


The Old and the New.



RING out, wild bells, to the wild sky,

The flying cloud, the frosty light:
The year is dying in the night;
Ring out, wild bells, and let him die.
2. Ring out the old, ring in the new,

Ring, happy bells, across the snow :

The year is going, let him go;
Ring out the false, ring in the true.

3. Ring out the grief that saps the mind,

For those that here we see no more ;

Ring out the feud of rich and poor,
Ring in redress to all mankind.
4. Ring out a slowly dying cause,

And ancient forms of party strife,

Ring in the nobler modes of life,
With sweeter manners, purer laws.
5. Ring out false pride in place and blood,

The civic slander and the spite ;

Ring in the love of truth and right,
Ring in the common love of good.
6. Ring out old shapes of foul disease ;

Ring out the narrowing lust of gold ;

Ring out the thousand wars of old,
Ring in the thousand


of peace. 7. Ring in the valiant man and free,

The larger heart, the kindlier hand;

Ring out the darkness of the land,
Ring in the Christ that is to be.

Alfred Tennyson.


Another Year.


1. WELCOME from God, O glad new year !

Thy paths all yet untrod,
But prophecy and promise, all-

O glad new-year of God !
2. Another year of setting suns,

Of stars by night revealed,
Of springing grass, of tender buds

By winter's snow concealed.

3. Another year of summer's glow,

Of autumn's gold and brown,
Of waving fields, and ruddy fruit

The branches weighing down.
4. Another year of happy work,

That better is than play ;
Of simple cares, and love that grows

More sweet from day to day.
5. Another year of baby mirth,

And childhood's blessed ways ;
Of thinker's thought, and prophet's dream,

And poet's tender lays.
6. Another year at beauty's feast,

At every moment spread;
Of silent hours when grow distinct

The voices of the dead.

7. Another year to follow hard

Where better souls have trod;
Another year of life's delight;
Another year of God !

J. W. Chadwick.


Another Year.


ANOTHER year is dawning ;

Dear Master, let it be,
In working or in waiting,

Another year with Thee !
2. Another year of mercies,

Of faithfulness and grace;
Another year

of gladness
In the shining of Thy face.

3. Another year of progress,

Another year of praise,
Another year

of proving
Thy presence all the days.
4. Another year of service,

Of witness for Thy love ;
Another year of training

For holier work above.

5. Another


is dawning ;
Dear Master, let it be,
On earth, or else in heaven,
Another year for Thee !

Frances R. Havergal.


The New-born Year.


1. BREAK, new-born year, on glad eyes, break !

Melodious voices move !
On, rolling Time ! thou canst not make

The Father cease to love.

2. The parted year had wingèd feet;

The Saviour still doth stay :
The New Year comes ; but, Spirit sweet,

Thou goest not away.
3. Our hearts in tears may oft run o'er ;

But, Lord, Thy smile still beams;
Our sins are swelling evermore ;

But pardoning grace still streams,
4. Lord ! from this year more service win,

More glory, more delight !
O make its hours less sad with sin,

Its days with Thee more bright !

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