For New Year's Day

And now my soul, another year

Author: Simon Browne
Published in 167 hymnals

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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,
And 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,
Set out afresh for heaven;
Seek pardon for thy former sins,
In Christ so freely given.

5 Devoutly yield thyself to God,
And on his grace depend;
With zeal pursue the heavenly road,
Nor doubt a happy end.

The Christian's duty, exhibited in a series of hymns, 1791

Author: Simon Browne

Simon Browne was born at Shepton Mallet, Somersetshire, about 1680. He began to preach as an "Independent" before he was twenty years of age, and was soon after settled at Portsmouth. In 1716, he became pastor in London. In 1723, he met with some misfortunes, which preyed upon his mind, and produced that singular case of monomania, recorded in the text-books of Mental Philosophy; he thought that God had "annihilated in him the thinking substance, and utterly divested him of consciousness." "Notwithstanding," says Toplady, "instead of having no soul, he wrote, reasoned, and prayed as if he had two." He died in 1732. His publications number twenty-three, of which some are still in repute. --Annotations of the Hymnal, Charles Hutchins,… Go to person page >

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First Line: And now my soul, another year
Title: For New Year's Day
Author: Simon Browne
Language: English

Notes

And now, my soul, another year. S. Browne. [New Year.] In his Hymns & Spiritual Songs, &c, 1720, Bk. i., pp. 44-5, in 8 stanzas of 4 lines, and entitled "New Year's Day." Its use is very limited in Great Britain, but somewhat extensive in America. As given in modern hymnbooks it is generally in an abbreviated form, as in Major's Book of Praise, No. 293, Snepp's Songs of Grace & Glory, No. 915.

-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

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