And now, my soul, another year (Browne/Peace)

For New Year’s Day

When a few years are come, then I shall go the way whence I shall not return.
Job 16:22

1) And now, my soul, another year
Of thy short life is past;
I cannot long continue here,
And this may be my last.

2) Much of my dubious life is gone,
Nor will return again,
And swift my passing moments run,
The few that yet remain.

3) Awake, my soul! with utmost care
Thy true condition learn;
What are thy hopes, how sure? how fair?
And what thy great concern?

4) Now a new scene of time begins,
[alt.: Behold, another year begins!]
Set out afresh for Heav’n,
Seek Pardon for thy former Sins,
In Christ so freely giv’n.

5) Devoutly yield thyself to God,
And on His grace depend;
With Zeal pursue the heavenly Road,
Nor doubt a happy End.

Words: 1720, Simon Browne (1822-1875)
Music: GREEN HILL, 1885, Albert Lister Peace (1844-1912)

Quelle: The Christians Duty, exhibited, in a series of Hymns; collected from various authors, designed for the worship of God, and for the edification of Christians (1st Ed.)
Peter Leibert (Printer), Germantown, Penn./U.S.A., 1791 [Digitalisat bei Hymnary.org]

Erstmals erschienen in Simon Brownes Hymns & Spiritual Songs, 1720, Bk. I., S. 44f., in 8 Strophen zu 4 Zeilen und mit dem Titel “New Year’s Day”. Die Verwendung ist in Großbritannien sehr begrenzt, aber in Amerika ziemlich weit verbreitet. In moderneren Gesangbüchern wird es im Allgemeinen in einer verkürzten Form wiedergegeben, wie in Major’s Book of Praise, Nr. 293, Snepp’s Songs of Grace & Glory, Nr. 915.

Quelle: John Julian, Wörterbuch der Hymnologie (1907)

Weblinks und Verweise:

Hymns and Spir­it­u­al Songs, Bk. I., S. 44f., 1720

Albert Lister Peace bei The Cyber Hymnal

Liedeintrag bei Hymnary.org

Liedeintrag bei The Cyber Hymnal

Notensatz, 4stimmig (pdf, GREEN HILL, 1885, externer Link zu Hymntime.com)

Notensatz, 4stimmig (jpg, Peace, externer Link zu Hymntime.com)

Audiofiles (midi, mp3, externe Links zu Hymnary.org)