Scripture Verse

Thou crownest the year with Thy goodness. Psalm 65:11


Words: F. E. Pet­tin­gell, in The Help­er in Sac­red Song, ed­it­ed by Frank Arm­strong & George C. Hugg (Phi­la­del­phia, Penn­syl­van­ia: Church & Sun­day School Mu­sic Pub­lish­ing, 1889), num­ber 10.

Music: Frank L. Arm­strong (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know Pet­tin­gell’s full name, or where to get a good pho­to of her or Arm­strong,


Through the chang­ing sea­sons
Of the chang­ing year,
With its light and sha­dow,
With its hope and fear;
Through each glad ful­fill­ment,
And each sad de­feat,
We have safe­ly jour­neyed,
And again we meet.


God hath kind­ly led us
Through this chang­ing year,
By His guid­ing pro­vi­dence
We as­sem­ble here.

Records past and pre­sent
We may now surv­ey,
At this plea­sant mile­stone
In life’s on­ward way:
Knowledge claims new pow­er,
Truth her might ex­tends,
And the Mas­ter know­eth
New and loy­al friends.


From this fest­al ser­vice
To our work anew,
With a quick­ened pur­pose
Hearts both strong and true:
Father, lead Thy forc­es,
One unit­ed band—
Ever on to con­quest
’Neath their king’s com­mand.