1 The year begins with Thee,
And Thou begin'st with woe,
To let the world of sinners see
That blood for sin must flow.
2 Thine infant cries, O Lord,
Thy tears upon the breast
Are not enough, the legal sword
Must do its stern behest.
3 Seemeth it strange to me
My own will to deny?
Seemeth it sad, my soul, to Thee,
Under the yoke to lie?
4 I look, and hold my peace:
The Giver of all good
E'en from His birth takes no release
From suffering, tears, and blood.
5 That I may reap in love,
Help me to sow in fear:
So life a winter's morn may prove
To a bright endless year.
Source: Evangelical Lutheran Hymn-book #175
The year begins with Thee. J. Keble. [Circumcision.] Written June 20, 1824, and 1st published in his Christian Year, 1827, in 17 stanzas of 4 lines, and headed with the text "In Whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands." In its full form it is not in common use. It has, however, supplied the following centos to modern hymnbooks:— (1) "The year begins [began] with Thee." In several collections; (2) "Art Thou a child of tears? " and “Is there a mourner true? " In a few collections only. The poem as a whole is better adapted for private devotion than for public worship.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
|Instances (1 - 9 of 9)||Title||First Line||Tune||Tune Key||Author||Meter||Scripture||Date||Subject||Source|
|Church Book: for the use of Evangelical Lutheran congregations #136||The year begins with Thee||The year begins with Thee||John Keble||1868|
|Church Book: for the use of Evangelical Lutheran congregations #136||Our Lord's Circumcision||The year begins with Thee||DEDICATION||John Keble||S. M.||1890||New Year | ; Circumcision | ; Name of Christ | ; New Years Day ||
|Evangelical Lutheran Hymn Book with Tunes #d451||The year begins with Thee||The year begins with Thee||John Keble||1912|
|Evangelical Lutheran Hymn-book #48||The year begins with Thee||The year begins with Thee||S. M.||1893||New Year ||
|Evangelical Lutheran Hymn-book #175||The year begins with Thee||The year begins with Thee||S. M.||1918||Circumcision of Christ ||
|Evangelical Lutheran Hymnal #44||The year begins with Thee||The year begins with Thee||S. M.||1880||The Church Year | New Year|
|Evangelical Lutheran hymnal: with music #44||The year begins with Thee||The year begins with Thee||BARNBY (Passion)||John Keble||S. M. No. 3||1908||The Church Year | New Year; New Year's Day ||
|Evangelical Lutheran Hymnbook (Lutheran Conference of Missouri and Other States) #d329||The year begins with Thee||The year begins with Thee||John Keble||1889|
|Hymns for the use of the Evangelical Lutheran Church, by the Authority of the Ministerium of Pennsylvania #135||The year begins with thee||The year begins with thee||John Keble||1865|