The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Lord, By Whose Providence

For The New Year

Words: Anonymous

Music: "St. James" by Courteville
Meter: C.M.

Source: Mary Palmer and John Farmer, eds., Church Sunday School Hymn-Book (London: Church of England Sunday-School Institute, 1892), p. 48, #50.

1. Lord, by Whose providence once more
We greet the opening year,
Fresh grace and mercy to implore
Thy children now draw near.

2. We know not what this year may bring,
Or who its close shall see;
O grant us grace, Thou heavenly King,
To live or die to Thee.

3. If 'tis Thy will that joy and peace
Should crown our happy days,
Let love and gratitude increase;
Give thankful hearts to praise.

4. If grief or poverty assail,
Or lowly be our state
Let now our faith and patience fail;
Give trusting hearts to wait.

5. When Satan by his subtle power
Would lure our souls astray,
Be Thou our help in danger's hour;
Give watchful hearts to pray.

6. So through Thy grace the opening year
Shall rich in blessings be,
And bring us, day by day, more near
To glory and to Thee.

Sheet Music from Mary Palmer and John Farmer, eds., Church Sunday School Hymn-Book (London: Church of England Sunday-School Institute, 1892), p. 48, #50.

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