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Hymn Writers and Their Hymns: Frances Ridley Havergal

January 1, 2015

Another Year is Dawning

Frances Ridley Havergal (1836-1879) was widely known in England as “the consecration poet”. She had many other talents. She was an accomplished pianist and vocalist, proficient in seven languages, and had memorized the entire New Testament, Psalms, Isaiah, and the Minor Prophets (put that in your 2015 Bible reading plan!)

In January 1874, she sent letters to her friends and titled them, “A Happy New Year! Ever Such May it Be!” Below the title appeared her hymn:

Another year is dawning, dear Father, let it be
In working or in waiting, another year with Thee.
Another year of progress, another year of praise,
Another year of proving Thy presence all the days.

Another year of mercies, of faithfulness and grace,
Another year of gladness in the shining of Thy face;
Another year of leaning upon Thy loving breast;
Another year of trusting, of quiet, happy rest.

Another year of service, of witness for Thy love,
Another year of training for holier work above.
Another year is dawning, dear Father, let it be
On earth, or else in Heaven, another year for Thee.

I think we too can receive this hymn today and read it thoughtfully as a prayer of consecration. After all, it is the Lord who teaches us to number our days aright that we may gain a heart of wisdom (Psalm 90:12).

Happy New Year! Ever such may it be!

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