Years Are Coming

Years are coming, speed them onward

Author: Adin Ballou
Tune: ST. CLARE (Eyre)
Published in 7 hymnals

Printable scores: PDF, Noteworthy Composer
Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 Years are coming—speed them onward!
When the sword shall gather rust,
And the helmet, lance and falchion,
Sleep in silent dust!

2 Earth has heard too long of battle,
Heard the trumpet’s voice too long!
But another age advances,
Seers foretold in song.

3 Years are coming when, forever,
War’s dread banner shall be furled,
And the angel peace be welcomed,
Regent of the world!

4 Hail with song that glorious era,
When the sword shall gather rust,
And the helmet, lance and falchion,
Sleep in silent dust.

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #13255

Author: Adin Ballou

Ballou, Adin. (Cumberland, Rhode Island, April 23, 1803--August 5, 1890, Hopedale, Massachusetts). At the age of nineteen he was accepted as a minister in the Christian Connexion, but later entered the Universalist ministry and served churches in Milford, Mass.; New York City; and in Mendon and Hopedale, Mass. He is noted as founder of the famous Hopedale community (1842), an experiment in "practical Christianity." A hymn by him, beginning "Years are coming--speed them onward" was included in Church Harmonies, 1873, in Hymns of the Church, 1917, and in Hymns of the Spirit, 1937. --Henry Wilder Foote, DNAH Archives Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Years are coming, speed them onward
Title: Years Are Coming
Author: Adin Ballou
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



The Cyber Hymnal #13255
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The Cyber Hymnal #13255

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