While With Ceaseless Course The Sun
For the New Year
John Newton (1725-1807),
From Olney Hymns. London: W. Oliver, 1779, Book II, Hymn 1.
1. While with ceaseless course the sun
Hasted through the former year,
Many souls their race have run,
Nevermore to meet us here;
Fixed in an eternal state,
They have done with all below.
We a little longer wait,
But how little, none can know.
2. As the winged arrow files
Speedily the mark to find;
As the lightning from the skies
Darts and leaves no trace behind,
Swiftly thus our fleeting days
Bear us down life's rapid stream.
Upward, Lord, our spirits raise;
All below is but a dream.
3. Thanks for mercies past receive,
Pardon of our sins renew;
Teach us henceforth how to live
With eternity in view.
Bless Thy Word to young and old,
Fill us with a Savior's love;
And when life's short tale is told,
May we dwell with Thee above.
Sheet Music from Hugh Blair and Lister R. Peace, eds., Church Hymnal For The Christian Year. London: Novello & Company, Ltd., 1917, #124.
Sheet Music "Benevento" by Samuel Webbe, 1782, from Henry Sloane Coffin and Ambrose White Vernon, eds., Hymns of the Kingdom of God. New York: The A. S. Barnes Company, 1910, #453.
Hymns on this site by John Newton:
Carol Of The Wheat And Tares (First Line: "Though in the outward church below")
For more information, see:
Rodney Canete, “The Olney Hymns by John Newton.” Brown University, 1997. (http://www.victorianweb.org/religion/hymns/olney.html)
Al Rogers, “Amazing Grace: The Story of John Newton” (http://www.anointedlinks.com/amazing_grace.html)
The Cyberhymnal, “John Newton” (http://www.hymntime.com/tch/bio/n/e/w/newton_j.htm)
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