Sunday, January 1, 2012

Obscure Carols: The Old Year Now Hath Passed Away

The old year now hath passed away;
We thank Thee, 0 our God, today
That Thou hast kept us through the year
When danger and distress were near.

We pray Thee, 0 eternal Son,
Who with the Father reign'st as One,
To guard and rule Thy Christendom
Through all the ages yet to come.

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.

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,

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.

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.


One tune associated with this text is "Herr Jesu Christ, dich zu uns bend."


Das alte Jahr vergangen ist,
wir danken dir, Herr Jesu Christ,
dass du uns hast in großer G'fahr
so gnädiglich behüt' dies Jahr.

Wir bitten dich, ewigen Sohn
des Vaters in dem höchsten Thron,
du wollst dein arme Christenheit
ferner bewahren allezeit.

Entzieh uns nicht dein heilsamWort,
das ist der Seelen Trost und Hort,
vor falscher Lehr, Abgötterei
bewahr uns, Herr, und steh uns bei.

Hilf, dass wir von der Sünde Bahn
und fromm zu werden fangen an.
der Sünd im alten Jahr nicht denk,
ein gnadenreiches Jahr uns schenk,

Christlich zu leben, seliglich
zu sterben und hernach fröhlich
Am Jüngsten Tage aufzustehn,
mit dir im` Himmel einzugehn,

Zu danken und zu loben dich
mit allen Engeln ewiglich.
O Jesu, unsern Glauben mehr
zu deines Namens Lob und Ehr.


The tune used in Bach's Orgelbuchlein is "Das alte Jahr vergangen ist."


  1. This is an amazing carol. Thanks!

  2. Thanks so much for commenting, Mark. I just spent about 45 minutes reading up on AFLC. Is this the same group that started Lutheran Bible Institute?


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