And now, my soul, another year
And now, my soul, another year. Simon Browne* (1680-1732).
This hymn was found in a number of British books in the 19th and early 20th centuries. It was a shortened form of a dramatic hymn by Browne, from Volume 1 of his Hymns and Spiritual Songs, in Three Books, designed as a Supplement to Dr Watts (1720). It was entitled ‘New Year’s Day’. The original text is dramatic and revealing:
And now, my soul, another year Of my short life is past: I cannot long continue here, And this may be my last.
Much of my dubious life is done, Nor will return again: And swift my passing moments run, The few that yet remain.
Lord, what a fool, a wretch am I, If one year more is lost: If...
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