Monday, December 30, 2013

"Jesus-Great Emmanuel A Hymn for the New Year" by Rev. Joseph C. Booth (1923)

Jesus—Great Emmanuel.

A Hymn for the New Year.


Jesus, Great Emmanuel, hear us

        As in prayer we come to Thee;

Pardon all our sins that sear us,

        Break our bonds and set us free.

Jesus, Great Emmanuel, lead us,

        Shepherd-like, o'er moor and plain;

In Thy green oases feed us,

        With Thy life our souls sustain.

Jesus, Great Emmanuel, teach us

        How to labor, watch and pray:

With Thine arms of mercy reach us,

        When we fall or go astray.

Jesus, Great Emmanuel, cheer us

        When the clouds of darkness form,

May we feel Thy presence near us,

        Like the rainbow in the storm.

Jesus, Great Emmanuel, shield us

        When the battle rages strong;

Give us strength, endurance yield us

        And the victory of song.

Jesus, Great Emmanuel, keep us

        Faithful till we reach the tomb,

Then, like sheaves of autumn, reap us,

        With the shout of "Harvest Home."

Troy Times. December 31, 1923: 13 col 2.

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