1 Before we part again this happy time
A hymn we raise while glad bells o’er us chime;
We sing the wondrous glories of our Lord;
Our voices blend with glad refrains in sweet accord.
All praise to Christ our king; His love forever sing;
In fervent adoration our hearts unite;
His rule o’er earth proclaim; exalt His holy name
And hail again with happy song the holy night.
2 The hours, so fleet, are filled with thoughts of love;
Good will and peace sent down from Heav’n above;
Our friends we meet with smiles and words of cheer;
A golden day of cherished memories ends the year. [Refrain]
3 Around our hearts its spirit weaves a spell;
"Farewell," we say, "in all things fare thee well."
May all we love have showers of blessings rare
And in the joy of many Christmas festals share. [Refrain]
Hyde, Abby Bradley, was born at Stockbridge, Massachusetts, Sept. 28, 1799, and married to the Rev. Lavius Hyde, of Salisbury, Mass., Sept. 28, 1818. She died at Andover, April 7, 1872. Her first poem, an Address to Mr. Wolfe, the Jewish missionary, appeared in a New Haven paper in 1822 or 1823, and from it Dr. L. Bacon (q.v.) took two hymns for his Hymns & Sacred Songs for the Monthly Concert, Andover, 1823. Those hymns have merit, but are not now in common use. Asahel Nettleton included 9 pieces by her in his Village Hymns, 1824, and 34 more were given in the revised and enlarged edition of the same, 1851. An additional hymn appeared in Nason's Congregational Hymn Book, 1857.
Of those hymns the following are still in common use:—… Go to person page >