The old year's long campaign is o'er

The old year's long campaign is o'er

Author: S. J. Stone (1868)
Tune: CLARION (Alvis)
Published in 22 hymnals

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Representative Text

1 The old year’s long campaign is o’er;
Behold a new begun;
Not yet is closed the holy war,
Nor yet the triumph won:
Out of his still and deep repose
We hear the old year say:
"Go forth again to meet your foes,
Ye children of the day!"

2 "Go forth, firm faith on every heart,
Bright hope on every helm;
Through that shall pierce no fiery dart,
And this no fear o’erwhelm!
Go in the spirit and the might
Of Him who led the way;
Close with the legions of the night,
Ye children of the day."

3 So forth we go to meet the strife,
We will not fear or fly!
We love the holy warrior’s life,
His death we hope to die!
We slumber not, that charge in view,
Toil on while toil ye may,
Then night shall be no night to you,
Ye children of the day!"

4 Lord God, our glory, Three in One,
Thine own sustain, defend!
And give, though dim this earthly sun,
Thy true light to the end;
Till morning tread the darkness down,
And night be swept away,
And infinite sweet triumph crown
The children of the day!

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #12077

Author: S. J. Stone

Stone, Samuel John, a clergyman of the Church of England, the son of Rev. William Stone, was born at Whitmore, Staffordshire, April 25, 1839. He was educated at Pembroke College, Oxford, where he was graduated B.A. in 1862. Later he took orders and served various Churches. He succeeded his father at St. Paul's, Haggerstown, in 1874. He was the author of many original hymns and translations, which were collected and published in 1886. His hymns are hopeful in spirit and skillfully constructed. He published several poetic volumes. He died November 19, 1900 --Hymn Writers of the Church, 1915 (Charles Nutter)… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: The old year's long campaign is o'er
Author: S. J. Stone (1868)
Place of Origin: Windsor, England
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Ye children of the day
Copyright: Public Domain



The Cyber Hymnal #12077
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Instances (1 - 22 of 22)
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Alleluia: a hymnal for use in schools, in the home, in young people's societies in devotional meetings #290

Christian Hymnal #d470

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Church Hymns: with tunes (New ed.) #108

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Hymn tunes: being further contributions to the hymnody of the church #70

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Hymnal for American Youth #287

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Hymns and Tunes for Schools #282

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Methodist Hymn and Tune Book: official hymn book of the Methodist Church #618

Pilgrim Songs No.2 #d260

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Songs for Sunday Schools and How to Use Them #115

The Abingdon Hymnal: a Book of Worship for Youth #d246

The American Hymnal #d568

The American Hymnal for Chapel Service #d360

The American Hymnal for Chapel Service #d359

The Book of Common Praise, being the Hymn Book of the Church of England in Canada. Annotated ed. #d643

The Church Hymnal #d417


The Cyber Hymnal #12077

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The Pilgrim Hymnal #455

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The Pilgrim Hymnal: with responsive readings and other aids to worship #584

Worship and Song #d242

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Worship and Song. (Rev. ed.) #255

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