A hymn to the new church year by the important Danish poet N.F.S. Grundtvig (1783-1872), in a setting by another virtually unknown Danish composer.

 

FVM 1006Welcome we, our Lord's New Year (SATB unacc.)
1.49
 Original Danish Title: Vær velkommen, Herrens år
 Duration: 2:00 minutes
 Original Text: N.F.S. Grundtvig
 English versification by Francis L. Lynch © 2006
 Music: Andreas Peter Berggreen (1801-1880)
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Text: English text © 2006 by Francis L. Lynch

Welcome we, our Lord’s new year, bid we welcome, today!
Christmas night, when our Jesus was born,
There kindled in darkness the brightest morn!
So welcome, New Year, and be welcome here!

Welcome we, our Lord’s new year, bid we welcome, today!
Easter morn, when our Lord rose to save,
The tree of new life took root in his grave!
So welcome, New Year, and be welcome here!

Welcome we, our Lord’s new year, bid we welcome, today!
Whitsunday, in the Spirit’s bright hour,
Our weakness was countered with God’s great power!
So welcome, New Year, and be welcome here!

Welcome we, our Lord’s new year, bid we welcome, today!
This Lord’s year, may our God’s great good will
With joy every Sunday our glad hearts fill!
So welcome, New Year, and be welcome here!