29 December 2011

Das alte Jahr vergangen ist* Original Tune

In case anyone is interested in using the original tune for "The Old Year Now Hath Passed Away" for the office of New Year's Eve or New Year's Day (not to be confused with the Feast of the Circumcision), here it is in a setting by Layriz, along with the text as translated by Winkworth, which is in the public domain.

THE OLD year now hath passed away; 
We thank Thee, O our God, today 
That Thou hast kept us through the year 
When danger and distress were near.

2. We pray Thee, O eternal Son, 
Who with the Father reign’st as One, 
To guard and rule Thy Christendom 
Through all the ages yet to come.

3. Take not Thy saving Word away, 
Our souls’ true comfort, staff, and stay. 
Abide with us and keep us free 
From errors, following only Thee.

4. Oh, help us to forsake all sin, 
A new and holier course begin! 
Mark not what once was done amiss; 
A happier, better year be this,

5. Wherein as Christians we may live 
Or die in peace that 
Thou canst give, 
To rise again when Thou shalt come 
And enter Thine eternal home.

6. There shall we thank Thee and adore 
With all the angels evermore. 
Lord Jesus Christ, increase our faith 
To praise Thy Name through life and death.

—J. Steuerlein, 1588; tr. C. Winkworth, 1863.

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