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From year to year in love we meet

From year to year in love we meet

Author: James Montgomery
Published in 43 hymnals

Full 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

Montgomery, James, son of John Montgomery, a Moravian minister, was born at Irvine, Ayrshire, Nov. 4, 1771. In 1776 he removed with his parents to the Moravian Settlement at Gracehill, near Ballymena, county of Antrim. Two years after he was sent to the Fulneck Seminary, Yorkshire. He left Fulneck in 1787, and entered a retail shop at Mirfield, near Wakefield. Soon tiring of that he entered upon a similar situation at Wath, near Rotherham, only to find it quite as unsuitable to his taste as the former. A journey to London, with the hope of finding a publisher for his youthful poems ended in failure; and in 1792 he was glad to leave Wath for Shefield to join Mr. Gales, an auctioneer, bookseller, and printer of the Sheffield Register newspap… Go to person page >

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

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)

Timeline

Instances

Instances (1 - 43 of 43)Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
A Collection of Hymns for the use of the Wesleyan Methodist Connection of America #d147
A Collection of Hymns, for the use of the Wesleyan Methodist Connection of America. #560Page Scan
A Selection of Hymns for the Use of Social Religious Meetings and for Private Devotions. 7th ed. #421Page Scan
A Selection of Hymns, adapted to the devotions of the closet, the family, and the social circle; and containing subjects appropriate to the monthly concerns of prayer for the success... #170Page Scan
Christian Hymns for Public and Private Worship: a collection compiled by a committee of the Cheshire Pastoral Association (11th ed.) #668Page Scan
Christian Psalms and Hymns to Aid in Public and Private Devotion #d253
Church Psalmody: or, hymns for public worship, selected from Dr. Watts's Psalms and Hymns, and the Congregational Hymn Book #478Page Scan
Compilation of Hymns for the Use of the Churches of the Christian Union #d200
Familiar Hymns, Alphabetically Arranged. #d68
Hymn Book of the Methodist Protestant Church #713Page Scan
Hymn Book of the Methodist Protestant Church. (11th ed.) #713Page Scan
Hymn Book of the Methodist Protestant Church. (2nd ed.) #817Page Scan
Hymn book of the Methodist Protestant Church. (4th ed.) #817Page Scan
Hymn, Tune, and Service Book for Sunday Schools #14Page Scan
Hymns for Children and Young Persons #d131
Hymns for Christian Devotion: especially adapted to the Universalist denomination #751Page Scan
Hymns for Christian Devotion: especially adapted to the Universalist denomination. (New ed.) #751Page Scan
Hymns for Public Worship in the Diocese of Fredericton. 2nd ed. #d52
Hymns for Sunday Schools, Youth and Children #436Page Scan
Hymns for Sunday Schools, Youth, and Children #436Page Scan
Hymns for the Vestry and the Fireside #d98
Hymns for Youth, Suitable to be Used in Sabbath and Parochial Schools #294Page Scan
Massachusetts Sabbath School Hymn Book #d49
Sunday School Hymn Book #d114
The American Baptist Sabbath-School Hymn-Book #387Page Scan
The Baptist Sabbath School Hymn Book #d95
The Child's Hymn Book #130Page Scan
The Congregational Hymn Book: for the service of the sanctuary #927Page Scan
The Golden Harp #d78
The Golden Rule #d27
The Gospel Psalmist #851Page Scan
The Halifax Selection of Hymns: intended as a Supplement to Dr. Watts' Psalms and Hymns #d136
The Little Hymn Book #d22
The New Congregational Hymn and Tune Book, for Public, Social and Private Worship #97Page Scan
The Psalmody: a collection of hymns for public and social worship #896Page Scan
The Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs of the Rev. Isaac Watts, D. D.: to which are added select hymns, from other authors; and directions for musical expression (New ed.) #D420Page Scan
The Sabbath School Lute: a selection of hymns and appropriate melodies, adapted to the wants of Sabbath schools, families and social meetings #29Page Scan
The Sabbath School Lyre #d35
The Sabbath School Lyre: a collection of hymns and music, original and selected, for general use in sabbath schools #89Page Scan
The Sabbath School Melodist: being a selection of hymns with appropriate music; for the use of Sabbath schools, families and social meetings #156Page Scan
The Sabbath School Service and Hymn Book #d15
The Voice of Praise: a collection of hymns for the use of the Methodist Church #853TextPage Scan
Vestry Songs #d59



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