The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

The Lord of Earth and Sky


For New Year's Day

Words: Charles Wesley, Hymns for New Years Day (Bristol: Felix Farley, 1750)

Source: Charles Osborne, ed., The Poetical Works of John and Charles Wesley. Volume 6. (London: Wesleyan-Methodist Conference Office, 1870), p. 5.

1. The Lord of earth and sky,
          The God of ages praise,
     Who reigns enthron'd on high,
          Ancient of endless days,
Who lengthens out our trials here.
And spares us yet another year.

2. Barren and wither'd trees
          We cumber'd long the ground,
     No fruit of holiness
          On our dead souls was found;
Yet doth he us in mercy spare
Another, and another year.

3. When justice bar'd the sword
          To cut the fig tree down.
     The pity of our Lord.
          Cried, Let it still alone:
The Father mild inclines his ear,
And spares us yet another year

4. Jesus, thy speaking blood,
          From God obtain'd the grace,
     Who therefore hath bestow'd
          On us a longer space;
Thou didst in our behalf appear,
And, lo, we see another year!

5. Then dig about our root,
          Break up our fallow ground,
     And let our gracious fruit
          To thy great praise abound;
O let us all thy praise' declare,
And fruit unto perfection bear.

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