A year, another year is fled

A year, another year is fled

Author: James Montgomery
Published in 6 hymnals

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A year, another year is fled;
Its issues who can tell?
Millions of voices of the dead
Reply from heaven or hell.

All these were living at the birth
Of the departed year;
They all have vanish'd from the earth,
We fill their places here.

Though to the eye, the ear, the mind
Of man their speech is seal'd,
The eternal meaning each may find,
In two plain words reveal'd.

Lost spirits, from the dark abyss,
Cry mournfully "Beware!"
Spirits in glory, and in bliss,
Sing joyfully "Prepare!"

Thus timely warned, and moved with fear,
Of wrath, let us beware;
For life or death, in this new year,
For earth and heaven prepare.

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Who then of those with us, this day
In childhood, youth, or age,
"To love the Lord our God" can say
"We all our hearts engage."

Sacred Poems and Hymns

Author: James Montgomery

Montgomery, James, son of John Montgomery, a Moravian minister, was born at Irvine, Ayrshire, Nov. 4, 1771. In 1776 he removed with his parents to the Moravian Settlement at Gracehill, near Ballymena, county of Antrim. Two years after he was sent to the Fulneck Seminary, Yorkshire. He left Fulneck in 1787, and entered a retail shop at Mirfield, near Wakefield. Soon tiring of that he entered upon a similar situation at Wath, near Rotherham, only to find it quite as unsuitable to his taste as the former. A journey to London, with the hope of finding a publisher for his youthful poems ended in failure; and in 1792 he was glad to leave Wath for Shefield to join Mr. Gales, an auctioneer, bookseller, and printer of the Sheffield Register newspap… Go to person page >

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First Line: A year, another year is fled
Author: James Montgomery
Meter: 8.6.8.6
Language: English

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