Scripture Verse

Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will never pass away. Matthew 24:35


Franz J. Haydn (1732–1809)

Words: Fran­ces R. Ha­ver­gal, Jan­ua­ry 4, 1873. Pub­lished in Un­der the Sur­face, 1874, & Life Chords, 1880.

Music: St. Al­ban (Haydn) Franz J. Hay­dn, 1775 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Frances R. Havergal (1836–1879)


Standing at the por­tal
Of the op­en­ing year,
Words of com­fort meet us,
Hushing ev­ery fear;
Spoken through the si­lence
By our Sav­ior’s voice,
Tender, strong and faith­ful,
Making us re­joice.


Onward, then, and fear not,
Children of the day;
For His Word shall ne­ver,
Never pass away.

I, the Lord, am with thee,
Be thou not afraid;
I will help and strength­en
Be thou not dis­mayed.
Yea, I will up­hold thee
With My own right hand;
Thou art called and chos­en
In My sight to stand.


For the year be­fore us,
O what rich sup­plies!
For the poor and nee­dy
Living streams shall rise;
For the sad and sin­ful
Shall His grace abound;
For the faint and fee­ble
Perfect strength be found.


He will ne­ver fail us,
He will not for­sake;
His eter­nal co­ve­nant
He will ne­ver break.
Resting on the pro­mise,
What have we to fear?
God is all suf­fi­cient
For the com­ing year.