Please give today to support Hymnary.org during one of only two fund drives we run each year. Each month, Hymnary serves more than 1 million users from around the globe, thanks to the generous support of people like you, and we are so grateful. 

Tax-deductible donations can be made securely online using this link.

Alternatively, you may write a check to CCEL and mail it to:
Christian Classics Ethereal Library, 3201 Burton SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546

The world may change from old to new

Representative Text

The world may change from old to new,
From new to old again;
Yet hope and heaven, forever true,
Within man’s heart remain.
The dreams that bless the weary soul,
The struggles of the strong,
Are steps towards some happy goal,
The story of hope’s song.

Hope leads the child to plant the flower,
The man to sow the seed;
Nor leaves fulfilment to her hour,—
But prompts again to deed.
And ere upon the old man’s dust
The grass is seen to wave,
We look through falling tears, to trust
Hope’s sunshine on the grave.

O, no! it is no flattering lure,
No fancy weak or fond,
When hope would bid us rest secure
In better life beyond.
Nor love, nor shame, nor grief, nor sin,
Her promise may gainsay;
The voice divine hath spoke within,
And God did ne’er betray.



Source: A Book of Hymns for Public and Private Devotion (15th ed.) #274

Author: Sarah Flower Adams

Adams, Sarah, nee Flower. born at Harlow, Essex, Feb. 22nd, 1805; died in London, Aug. 14, 1848, and was buried at Harlow, Aug. 21,1848. She was the younger daughter of Mr. Benjamin Flower, editor and proprietor, of The Cambridge Intelligencer; and was married, in 1834, to William B. Adams, a civil engineer. In 1841 she published Vivia Perpetua, a dramatic poem dealing with the conflict of heathenism and Christianity, in which Vivia Perpetua suffered martyrdom; and in 1845, The Flock at the Fountain; a catechism and hymns for children. As a member of the congregation of the Rev. W. J. Fox, an Unitarian minister in London, she contributed 13 hymns to the Hymns and Anthems, published by C. Fox, Lond., in 1841, for use in his chapel. Of thes… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: The world may change from old to new
Author: Sarah Flower Adams
Place of Origin: London
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain

Tune

DUNDEE (Ravenscroft)

DUNDEE first appeared in the 1615 edition of the Scottish Psalter published in Edinburgh by Andro Hart. Called a "French" tune (thus it also goes by the name of FRENCH), DUNDEE was one of that hymnal's twelve "common tunes"; that is, it was not associated with a specific psalm. In the Psalter Hymnal…

Go to tune page >


ST. LEONARD (Hiles)


Timeline

Instances

Instances (1 - 19 of 19)
Text

A Book of Hymns for Public and Private Devotion (15th ed.) #274

Page Scan

A Book of Hymns for Public and Private Devotion. (10th ed.) #274

Page Scan

Dyer's Psalmist #284

Page Scan

Hymns and Anthems adapted for Jewish Worship #158

Page Scan

Hymns for the Church of Christ (3rd thousand) #651

Hymns for the Church of Christ. (6th thousand) #651

Page Scan

Hymns of the Spirit #523

Jubilate Deo #293

Songs of the Unity #d201

The Advent Christian Hymnal #d860

Page Scan

The Christian Hymn Book #438

Page Scan

The Disciples' Hymn Book #354

The Gospel Hymnal #d600

Page Scan

The Psalms of Life #186

The Sabbath School Hymnal #d139

The Saints' Harp #d871

Page Scan

The Service Hymnal with an introductory service #86

The South Western Psalmist #d384

Suggestions or corrections? Contact us