From year to year in love we meet

From year to year in love we meet

Author: James Montgomery
Published in 43 hymnals

Representative Text

1 From year to year in love we meet;
From year to year in peace we part;
The tongues of children uttering sweet
The thrilling joy of every heart.

2 But time rolls on; and, year by year,
We change, grow up, or pass away;
Not twice the same assembly here
Have hailed the children's festal day.

3 Death, ere another year, may strike
Some in our number marked to fall:
Be, young and old, prepared alike;
The warning is to each, to all.

4 Oft broke, our failing ranks renew;
Send teachers, children, in our place,
More humble, docile, faithful, true,
More like thy Son, from race to race.


Source: The Voice of Praise: a collection of hymns for the use of the Methodist Church #853

Author: James Montgomery

James Montgomery (b. Irvine, Ayrshire, Scotland, 1771; d. Sheffield, Yorkshire, England, 1854), the son of Moravian parents who died on a West Indies mission field while he was in boarding school, Montgomery inherited a strong religious bent, a passion for missions, and an independent mind. He was editor of the Sheffield Iris (1796-1827), a newspaper that sometimes espoused radical causes. Montgomery was imprisoned briefly when he printed a song that celebrated the fall of the Bastille and again when he described a riot in Sheffield that reflected unfavorably on a military commander. He also protested against slavery, the lot of boy chimney sweeps, and lotteries. Associated with Christians of various persuasions, Montgomery supported missio… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: From year to year in love we meet
Author: James Montgomery
Copyright: Public Domain

Notes

From year to year in love we meet. J. Montgomery. [S. S. Anniversary.] This hymn was evidently written for one of the great gatherings of Sunday School children at Whitsuntide, at Sheffield. It is No. 545 in his Christian Psalmist, 1825, in 6 stanzas of 4 lines. It did not appear in the first copies of the first edition of his Original Hymns, 1853, but took the place of a cancelled hymn (“Our hearts are glad to hear," No. 338) in later copies of the same issue. It is popular with modern compilers.

-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

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From year to year in love we meet, p. 400, ii. Written for the Sheffield Sunday School Union Festival, Whit-Monday, May 19, 1823.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, Appendix, Part II (1907)

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Instances

Instances (1 - 43 of 43)

A Collection of Hymns for the use of the Wesleyan Methodist Connection of America #d147

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A Collection of Hymns, for the use of the Wesleyan Methodist Connection of America. #560

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Christian Hymns for Public and Private Worship #668

Christian Psalms and Hymns to Aid in Public and Private Devotion #d253

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Church Psalmody #478

Compilation of Hymns for the Use of the Churches of the Christian Union #d200

Familiar Hymns, Alphabetically Arranged. #d68

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Hymn Book of the Methodist Protestant Church #713

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Hymn Book of the Methodist Protestant Church. (11th ed.) #713

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Hymn Book of the Methodist Protestant Church. (2nd ed.) #817

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Hymn book of the Methodist Protestant Church. (4th ed.) #817

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Hymn, Tune, and Service Book for Sunday Schools #14

Hymns for Children and Young Persons #d131

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Hymns for Christian Devotion #751

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Hymns for Christian Devotion #751

Hymns for Public Worship in the Diocese of Fredericton. 2nd ed. #d52

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Hymns for Sunday Schools, Youth and Children #436

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Hymns for Sunday Schools, Youth, and Children #436

Hymns for the Vestry and the Fireside #d98

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Hymns for Youth, Suitable to be Used in Sabbath and Parochial Schools #294

Massachusetts Sabbath School Hymn Book #d49

Sunday School Hymn Book #d114

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The American Baptist Sabbath-School Hymn-Book #387

The Baptist Sabbath School Hymn Book #d95

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The Child's Hymn Book #130

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The Congregational Hymn Book #927

The Golden Harp #d78

The Golden Rule #d27

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The Gospel Psalmist #851

The Halifax Selection of Hymns #d136

The Little Hymn Book #d22

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The New Congregational Hymn and Tune Book, for Public, Social and Private Worship #97

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The Psalmody #896

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The Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs of the Rev. Isaac Watts, D. D. #D420

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The Sabbath School Lute #29

The Sabbath School Lyre #d35

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The Sabbath School Lyre #89

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The Sabbath School Melodist #156

The Sabbath School Service and Hymn Book #d15

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The Voice of Praise #853

Vestry Songs #d59

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