The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

With Thee, O Lord, Begins The Year

For The Circumcision, or New Year's Day

Words: John Mason Neale

Music: Not Stated

Source: Rev. John Mason Neale, ed., Hymns for Children. Intended Chiefly for Village Schools. First Series (1860), Tenth Edition. (London: Joseph Masters, 1867), #22, p. 23.
See: Christmas in Neale's Hymns for Children

S. Luke i. 59; 2 Timothy ii. 12.

1. With Thee, O Lord, begins the year,
With Thee, and with Thy sufferings here,
Thine own Example makes it plain,
We too must suffer, eer we reign.

2. By giving up our will and way
By self-denial every day,
Oh, help us thus to spend this year.
And all the time Thou givst us here!

3. Thy way at first seems hard and rough,
Its end is joy and peace enough:
The Land where days and years are oer,
And change and grief come nevermore.

4. Praise God, from Whom all blessings flow ;
Praise Him, all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye Heavenly Host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost!


At the beginning of the volume was the note that for this hymn and a few others, where there were daily services in the church, the following verse may be said before the doxology, in this case, before verse 4:

And now we haste, with cheerful feet,
Together in the church to meet;
And praise our God, the King of kings,
Who only doeth wondrous things.

Luke 1:59. And it came to pass, that on the eighth day they came to circumcise the child; and they called him Zacharias, after the name of his father. (KJV)

2 Timothy 2:12. If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us (KJV)

Also found in Mary Sackville Lawson, et al, eds., Collected Hymns, Sequences and Carols of John Mason Neale (London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1914), p. 349, citing Luke 2:21.

Luke 2:21. And when eight days were accomplished for the circumcising of the child, his name was called Jesus, which was so named of the angel before he was conceived in the womb. (KJV)

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