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A Hymn for the New Year


Standing at the Portal of Another Year (Frances Ridley Havergal)

HavergalThis evening in our family devotions, we thought of and then sang, the words of the lovely new year’s hymn written so many hears ago by Frances Ridley Havergal.

Standing at the portal
Of the opening year,
Words of comfort meet us,
Hushing every fear;
Spoken thru the silence
By our Savior’s voice,
Tender, strong and faithful,
Making us rejoice.


Onward, then, and fear not,
Children of the day;
For His Word shall never,
Never pass away.

“I, the Lord, am with thee,
Be thou not afraid;
I will help and strengthen
Be thou not dismayed.
Yea, I will uphold thee
With My own right hand;
Thou art called and chosen
In My sight to stand.”


For the year before us,
O what rich supplies!
For the poor and needy
Living streams shall rise;
For the sad and sinful
Shall His grace abound;
For the faint and feeble
Perfect strength be found.


He will never fail us,
He will not forsake;
For His eternal covenant
He will never break.
Resting on the promise,
What have we to fear?
God is all sufficient
For the coming year.


To listen to the midi score courtesy of Cyberhymnal, activate the following link: hermas

Image of Frances Ridley Havergal courtesy of Cyberhymnal.

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