Scripture Verse

My times are in Thy hand. Psalm 31:15


Words: Da­ni­el F. Hodg­es, Songs of the Gold­en Shore (New York and Bos­ton, Mas­sa­chu­setts: Charles T. Dill­ing­ham and Lee & Shep­ard, 1879), page 115.

Music: Oka­no­gan Da­ni­el F. Hodg­es, 1879 (🔊 pdf nwc). Note: This music is writ­ten for a du­et, ex­cept the re­frain, which is for a choir, cho­rus or con­gre­ga­tion to sing.

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Hodg­es (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),


Another va­ried year has passed,
With all its joy and pain,
And God our Fa­ther keeps us still,
And lets us meet again.


We’re hap­py, friends to meet you,
With joy­ful songs we greet you,
And pray that God may bless you,
With a hap­py, glad New Year.

O may the year for­ev­er flown
To each a les­son be—
That this, the glad new year to come
May from its faults be free.


And when life’s chang­ing year is o’er,
If we’ve been tru­ly good,
We’ll meet up­on that gold­en shore
All saved through Je­sus’ blood.