God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years.@Genesis 1:14
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John W. Chadwick (1840-1904)

John W. Chadwick, 1873.

Holy Trinity Joseph Barnby, 1861 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Another year of setting suns,
Of stars by night revealed,
Of springing grass, of tender buds,
By winter’s snow concealed.

Another year of summer’s glow,
Of autumn’s gold and brown,
Of waving fields, and ruddy fruit
The branches weighing down.

Another year of happy work
That better is than play;
Of simple care, and love that grows
More sweet from day to day.

Another year of baby mirth
And childhood’s blessèd ways;
Of thinker’s thought, and prophet’s dream,
And poet’s tender lays.

Another year at Beauty’s feast,
At every moment spread;
Of silent hours, when grow distinct
The voices of the dead.

Another year to follow hard
Where better souls have trod;
Another year of life’s delight;
Another year of God!