Come near to God, and He will come near to you.@James 4:8
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Johann Scheffler (1624–1677)

A. Kath­er­ine Han­key, 1888; writ­ten for the Sun­day School of St. Pe­ter’s, Ea­ton Square, Lon­don, and print­ed on a card with mu­sic by the au­thor.

Keine Schön­heit Hat die Welt in Seel­en­lust, by Jo­hann Scheff­ler, 1657 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Arabella K. Hankey
(1834–1911)

Advent tells us, Christ is near:
Christmas tells us Christ is here!
In Epiphany we trace
All the glory of His grace.

Those three Sundays before Lent
Will prepare us to repent;
That in Lent we may begin
Earnestly to mourn for sin.

Holy Week and Easter, then,
Tell who died and rose again;
O that happy Easter day!
Christ is risen indeed, we say.

Yes, and Christ ascended, too,
To prepare a place for you;
So we give Him special praise,
After those great forty days.

Then, He sent the Holy Ghost,
On the day of Pentecost,
With us ever to abide:
Well may we keep Whitsuntide!

Last of all, we humbly sing
Glory to our God and king,
Glory to the One in three,
On the Feast of Trinity.