The acceptable year of the Lord.@Isaiah 61:2
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Charles Wesley (1707-1788)

Charles Wesley, Hymns for New Year’s Day (London: R. Hawes, 1750), number 2, alt.

Accra James McGranahan, 1904 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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James McGranahan (1840-1907)

Ye worms of earth, arise,
Ye creatures of a day,
Redeem the time, be bold, be wise,
And cast your bonds away;
Shake off the chains of sin,
Like us assembled here,
With hymns of praise to usher in
This new, accepted year.

The year of Gospel grace
Like us rejoice to see,
And thankfully in Christ embrace
Your proffered liberty.
See, pardon, peace are nigh,
Which every soul may prove;
The Lord, who now is passing by,
Makes this the time of love.

O Savior, Lord of all,
Thy proffer we receive,
Obedient to Thy Gospel call
That bids us turn, and live;
Our former years misspent,
Though late, we deeply mourn,
And softened by Thy grace repent,
And to Thy arms return.

With fear, and grief, and shame,
Our folly we bemoan,
But wonder at the patient Lamb,
Who lets us still alone:
Thy patience lifts us up,
Thy free unbounded grace,
And all our fear is lost in hope,
And all our grief in praise.

To Thee, by whom we live,
Our praise and lives we pay,
Praise, ardent, cordial, constant give,
And shout to see the day:
The day of saving grace,
Thy consecrated year,
When Thou, bright sun of righteousness,
Doth to our world appear.

Risen, we know Thou art,
With healing in Thy wings,
We feel, we feel it in our heart
The life Thy presence brings!
The seal and earnest this,
Our pardon we receive,
And look with Thee in glorious bliss,
Eternally to live.