In many churches, the beginning of the year wouldn’t be complete without singing Frances Ridley Havergal’s great “Another Year is Dawning.” It’s words reflect the deep consecration that marked her poems. Frances considered every New Year’s Day a never-to-be-missed opportunity of rededication to Christ, and several New Year’s hymns came from her pen.
This particular poem, “Another Year is Dawning,” was written as a prayer for the beginning of 1874. Frances composed it near the end of the old year and had it printed on a specially designed greeting card to be sent to friends. The caption said, “A Happy New Year! Ever Such May It Be!”
Another Year Is Dawning
Another year is dawning! Dear Father let it be.
In working or in waiting, another year with Thee;
Another year of progress, another year of praise,
Another year of proving They presence all the days.
Another year of mercies, of faithfulness and grace,
Another year of gladness, in the shining of Thy face;
Another year of leaning upon They loving breast,
Another year of trusting, of quiet, happy rest.
Another year of service, of witness for Thy love,
Another year of training for holier work above;
Another year is dawning! Dear Father, let it be,
On earth, or else in heaven, another year for Thee.