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I am a self-taught pianist that originally hails from Pennsylvania. I have a love of music that spans several decades. My Grandmother instilled in me the gift of listening to the sound of music no matter where it was. I was raised as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but sang as a young boy soprano in a boys choir for another church. Those years of learning music and techniques would forever stay with me as well as playing the recorder. I am married and am a grandfather and find great joy in my posterity. I moved to the Salt Lake area a couple years ago for employment and love it here (although I do miss my children and grandchildren terribly). I am humbled to be a member of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir as a music missionary. I have been truly blessed and acknowledge all the gifts and blessings that I enjoy to Him, my Savior.
I was looking through some old poetry, and more specifically one that talks about the new year and happened upon a poem titled "New Year's Day" by Charles Moir. In his poem, there are 8-10 verses so I picked and chose which verses to include and changed a word here and there to make it a bit more relevant. There are precious few hymns that talk about the New Year and I thought this would make a nice hymn. I hope you enjoy it, and Happy New Year to you!
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Lyrics: O Thou whose glory fills the heav'ns whose bounty clothes the earth.
To Thee a hymn of thanks we raise for blessings from our birth,
For that untiring love Thou dost, from day to day renew,
O may it on our hearts descend like heaven-distilled dew.
While ent'ring on another year our cares on Thee we cast,
beseeching aid in days to come which cheered us through the past.
That still the freedom may be ours to kneel down in Thy sight,
and worship Thee at end of day, and in the morning light.
How needful, then to train our thoughts, and fan the heavn'ly flame
of faith, in the believing heart, triumph o'er sin and shame
and holding by Thy word, Thou hast for love and guidance giv'n,
pass through this world, obedient, true candidates for heav'n.