New Year's hymn

Standing at the portal, of the opening year

Author: Frances R. Havergal
Published in 165 hymnals

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Representative Text

1 Standing at the portal
Of the opening year,
Words of comfort meet us,
Hushing every fear;
Spoken through the silence
By our Father's voice,
Tender, strong and faithful,
Making us rejoice.

Onward then, and fear not,
Children of the day;
For His Word shall never,
Never pass away.

2 For the year before us,
O what rich supplies!
For the poor and needy
Living streams shall rise;
For the sad and sinful
Shall His grace abound;
For the faint and feeble
Perfect strength be found. (Refrain)

3 He will never fail us,
He will not forsake;
His eternal cov'nant
He will never break.
Resting on His promise,
What have we to fear?
God is all-sufficient
For the coming year. (Refrain)


Source: Worship and Service Hymnal: For Church, School, and Home #522

Author: Frances R. Havergal

Havergal, Frances Ridley, daughter of the Rev. W. H. Havergal, was born at Astley, Worcestershire, Dec. 14, 1836. Five years later her father removed to the Rectory of St. Nicholas, Worcester. In August, 1850, she entered Mrs. Teed's school, whose influence over her was most beneficial. In the following year she says, "I committed my soul to the Saviour, and earth and heaven seemed brighter from that moment." A short sojourn in Germany followed, and on her return she was confirmed in Worcester Cathedral, July 17, 1853. In 1860 she left Worcester on her father resigning the Rectory of St. Nicholas, and resided at different periods in Leamington, and at Caswall Bay, Swansea, broken by visits to Switzerland, Scotland, and North Wales. She died… Go to person page >



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Church Hymnal, Mennonite #589

Hymns of the Christian Life #579

Hymns of the Saints #144

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The Book of Praise #811


The Cyber Hymnal #6355

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Worship and Service Hymnal #522

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