The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

All Praise to the Lord, Whose Trumpet We Hear


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), pp. 13-14.

1. All praise to the Lord, Whose trumpet we hear,
Which speaks in his word, The festival year:
The loud proclamation Of freedom from thrall,
And gospel-salvation is publish'd to all.

2. The year of release Even now is begun,
And pardon, and peace, With Jesus sent down;
Eternal redemption Thro' him we obtain,
And present exemption, From passion and pain.

3 Ye spirits enslav'd Your liberty claim,
Believe, and be sav'd, Thro' Jesus's Name;
That infinite Lover Of sinners embrace,
And gladly recover His forfeited grace.

4. With joyfullest news Your prisons resound,
Your fetters are loose, Your souls are unbound:
Resume the possession For which ye were born,
From Satan's oppression To heaven return.

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