Old year gone

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1 The old year now has passed away;
We thank you, O our God, today
That you have kept us through the year
When danger and distress were near.

2 We pray you, O eternal Son,
Who with the Father reigns as one,
To guard and rule your Christendom
Through all the ages yet to come.

3 Take not your saving Word away,
Which lights and cheers our souls each day.
Abide with us and keep us free
From error and hypocrisy.

4 Oh, help us to forsake all sin,
A new and holier life begin!
Forgive the old year's sins, and bless
The new year with true happiness,

5 Wherein as Christians we may live
Or die in peace that you can give,
To rise again when you will come
And enter your eternal home.

6 There shall we thank you and adore
With all the angels evermore.
Lord Jesus Christ, increase our faith
To praise your name through life and death.

Source: Christian Worship: a Lutheran hymnal #71

Author: Johann Steurlein

Johannes Steurlein; b. 1546, Schmalkalden; d. 1613, Meiningen. son of a Lutheran pastor and mayor of Meiningen. Evangelical Lutheran Hymnal, 1908 Go to person page >

Translator: Catherine Winkworth

Catherine Winkworth is "the most gifted translator of any foreign sacred lyrics into our tongue, after Dr. Neale and John Wesley; and in practical services rendered, taking quality with quantity, the first of those who have laboured upon German hymns. Our knowledge of them is due to her more largely than to any or all other translators; and by her two series of Lyra Germanica, her Chorale Book, and her Christian Singers of Germany, she has laid all English-speaking Christians under lasting obligation." --Annotations of the Hymnal, Charles Hutchins, M.A., 1872… Go to person page >

Tune

HERR JESU CHRIST


WENN WIR IN HÖCHSTEN NÖTEN SEIN

LES COMMANDEMENS (French for "the commandments"), a rich and graceful tune in the Hypo-Ionian mode (major), was used in the Genevan Psalter (1547) for the Decalogue and for Psalm 140, and later in British psalters and in the Lutheran tradition. The first setting in the Psalter Hymnal derives from Cl…

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OLD HUNDREDTH

This tune is likely the work of the composer named here, but has also been attributed to others as shown in the instances list below. According to the Handbook to the Baptist Hymnal (1992), Old 100th first appeared in the Genevan Psalter, and "the first half of the tune contains phrases which may ha…

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Ambassador Hymnal: for Lutheran worship #52

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Christian Worship: a Lutheran hymnal #71

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