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78. M. 701. J. NEWTON.
The Fleeting Years of Life.
Hasted through the former year,
But how little, none can know.
Speedily the mark to find, -
All below is but a dream.
Pardon of our sins renew;
702. E. TAYLOR.
The Changing Year. i God of the changing year! whose arm of power In safety leads through danger's darkest hour, Here in thy temple bow thy creatures down, To bless thy mercy, and thy might to own.
2 Thine are the beams that cheer us on our way,
And pour around the gladdening light of day; Thine is the night; and the fair orbs that shine
To cheer its hours of darkness all are thine. 3 If round our path the thorns of sorrow grew,
And mortal friends were faithless, thou wert true; Did sickness shake the frame, or anguish tear
The wounded spirit, thou wert present there. 4 Yet when our hearts review departed days,
How vast thy mercies! how remiss our praise! Well may we dread thine awful eye to meet,
Bend at thy throne, and worship at thy feet. 5 O lend thine ear, and lift our voice to thee;
Where'er we dwell, still let thy mercy be;
year to year, still nearer to thy shrine Draw our frail hearts, and make them wholly thine.
1 The year begins with promises
Of joyful days to come,
Of thoughts on heaven, our home;
Soft dews, and healthful showers,
And birds, and opening flowers;
Amid the balmy leaves ;
And fruits and bending sheaves;
4 Of countless mercies from our God,
Who rules the changeful years,
Well may thy praise our lips employ,
Whose goodness crowns the circling year. 2 Wide as the wheels of nature roll,
Thy hand supports the steady pole;
3 The flowery spring, at thy command,
Embalms the air and paints the land;
To raise the corn, and cheer the vine.
No more a face of horror wear. 5 Seasons, and months, and weeks, and days,
Demand successive songs of praise;
With opening light, and evening shade. 6 O may our more harmonious tongues
In worlds unknown pursue the songs ;
Close of the Year.
1 O God! to thee our hearts would pay
Their gratitude sincere,
Throughout another year.
Thou wast the gracious source;
Which smiled along its course.
3 And if sometimes across our path
A cloud its shadows threw,
But loving-kindness true.
4 For joy and grief alike we pay
Our thanks to thee above;
More worthy of thy love.
Reflections for a New Year Psalm 90.
i REMARK, my soul, the narrow bounds
Of the revolving year; How swift the weeks complete their rounds!
How short the months appear!
2 So fast eternity comes on,
And that important day,
God's judgment shall survey.
3 Yet like an idle tale we pass
The swift advancing year;
The speed of its career.
Its great concern to see;
And give the year to thee. 5 Thus shall their course more grateful roll,
If future years arise ;
To joy that never dies.
For the Beginning or End of the Year.
1 My helper, God! I bless his name;
The saine his power, his grace the same:
Open, and crown, and close the year. . I midst ten thousand dangers stand,
Supported by his guardian hand;
Ten thousand monuments of praise. 3 Thus far his arm hath led me on;
Thus far I make his mercy known;