The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Standing At The Portal

For the New Year

Words: Frances R. Havergal, 1873

Music: "St. Alban"
Arranged from F. J. Haydn, 1732, by John B. Dykes
Meter: 65 65 D

Source: Henry Sloane Coffin and Ambrose White Vernon, eds., Hymns of the Kingdom of God. New York: The A. S. Barnes Company, 1910, #454.

1. Standing at the portal
    Of the opening year,
Words of comfort meet us,
    Hushing every fear;
Spoken through the silence
    By our Father's voice,
Tender, strong and faithful,
    making us rejoice.

Refrain:
Onward, then, and fear not,
    Children of the day;
For His word shall never,
    Never pass away.

2. "I, the Lord, am with thee,
    Be thou not afraid;
I will help and strengthen,
    Be thou not dismayed.
Yea, I will uphold thee
    With My own right hand;
Thou art called and chosen
    In My sight to stand." Refrain:

3. For the year before us,
    O what rich supplies!
For the poor and needy
    Living streams shall rise;
For the sad and sinful
    Shall His grace abound;
For the faint and feeble
    Perfect strength be found. Refrain:

4. He will never fail us,
    He will not forsake;
His eternal covenant
    He will never break.
Resting on His promise.
    What have we to fear?
God is all-sufficient
    For the coming year. Refrain:

Sheet Music "St. Alban" from Henry Sloane Coffin and Ambrose White Vernon, eds., Hymns of the Kingdom of God. New York: The A. S. Barnes Company, 1910

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