143. The old year now hath passed away

1 The old year now hath passed away,
We thank Thee, Christ, our Lord, today,
That Thou has kept us through the year,
When danger and distress were near.

2 We pray Thee, O Eternal Son,
Who with the Father reign’st as One,
To guard and rule Thy Christendom
Through all the ages yet to come.

3 Take not Thy saving Word away,
Our soul's true comfort, staff, and stay;
Abide with us, and keep us free
From all false doctrines graciously.

4 O help us to forsake all sin,
A new and holy life begin;
From last year's sins, Lord, hide thy face,
In this new year grant us Thy grace:

5 That as true Christians we may live,
Or die in peace that Thou wilt give,
To rise again when Thou shalt come,
And enter our eternal home.

Text Information
First Line: The old year now hath passed away
Original Language: German
Author: J. Steuerlein
Translator: C. Winkworth
Publication Date: 1918
Topic: New Year
Notes: Translated from "Das alte jahr vergangen ist" Tune: OLD HUNDREDTH
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