Joy, joy, a year is born

Joy, joy, a year is born

Tune: INVITATION (Maker)
Published in 12 hymnals

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Representative Text

Joy! joy! a year is born;
A year to man is given,
For hope, and peace, and love,
For faith, and truth, and heaven.
Though earth be dark with care,
With death and sorrow rife,
Yet toil, and pain, and prayer,
Lead to our higher life.

Behold, the fields are white!
No longer idly stand!
Go forth in love and might;
Man needs thy helping hand.
Thus may each day and year
To prayer and toil be given,
Till man to God draw near,
And earth become like heaven.

Source: A Book of Hymns for Public and Private Devotion (15th ed.) #389

Text Information

First Line: Joy, joy, a year is born
Copyright: Public Domain



Frederick C. Maker (b. Bristol, Gloucestershire, England, 1844; d. Bristol, 1927) composed INVITATION for this text. Also known as COME TO THE SAVIOR, the tune was published in the Bristol Tune Book (1881), edited by Alfred Stone and others. Well matched to the text, INVITATION begins gently but inv…

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The Cyber Hymnal #10707
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