Friday, 27 March 2015

"Another year is dawning!" Composer: Frances Ridley Havergal, 1836-1879

Miss HAVERGAL, who wrote the famous New Year's hymn, 

Another year is dawning! 
Dear Master, let it be 
In working or in waiting, 
Another year with Thee, 

spent her life "in working and in waiting" for the Master. In August, 1850, before she was fourteen years old, she entered Miss Teed s school, where the influences over her were very helpful. The following year, she says, "I committed my soul to the Saviour, and earth and heaven seemed brighter from that moment." She earnestly strove to make each year after that hallowed experience 

Another year of service, 
Of witness for Thy love. 

Wherever she went in her frequent travels she was constantly asking people whether or not they knew the joys of salvation, and by thus being a witness she led hundreds of souls to the cross. 

Another year of training 
For holier work above. 

Her heart was fixed upon the more glorious work, which God has prepared for us to accomplish in heaven. When, in 1878, she was taken seriously ill, and was told her life was in danger, she replied: 
"If I am really going, it is too good to be true!" 
"Splendid ! To be so near the gates of heaven." 

This hymn was written in 1874 and was first published as a New Year s card, later in collections of her own works, and finally in many hymn books. It has proved to be an inspiration to thousands standing at the threshold of a new year. 

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