The Glad New Year! (Traditional)
Title: The Glad New Year!
Composer: Anonymous (Traditional)
First published: 1875 in Shaker hymn collection
Description: Shaker hymn
Original text and translations
Along the shadowy aisles of time,
There floats a murmur soft and low,
Now swelling in harmonious chime,
Sweet notes in measured numbers flow.
With joy we catch the gladsome strain,
Which fills our hearts with loving cheer.
And, echoing back a full refrain,
Give welcome to the Glad New Year!
Our hopes on starry pinions rise,
High aspiration thrills our soul,
A nobler life to realize,
Ascending to perfection's goal,
The past with joy and sorrow fraught,
Shall from our vision disappear;
The present claims our earnest thought:
All hail the bright, the Glad New Year!
Like angels from the realms unseen,
Lightwing'd the moments come and go,
The shining links of life, between
Ethereal spheres and earth below;
They bear a record of the deeds
That cloud, or make our pathway clear:
Broadcast they sow time's precious seeds,
And usher in the Glad New Year!
We tread the vale of time and sense,
Amid its phantom fleeting dreams,
Still longing, with a hope intense,
For something that enduring seems;
Yet duty's path we will pursue,
Without a doubt or cringing fear;
With lofty aim and purpose true,
We'll toil throughout the Glad New Year.
The tender chords of purest love,
With peace entwined, shall stronger grow!
We'll bear the spirit of the dove,
And kindness to the erring show;
With gentle words, and Christlike deeds,
A monument of good we'll rear;
While bliss, that fills our spirit needs,
Awaits us in the Glad New Year!