Author of the Lyrics
The author of the elevating
words of the "See, Another Year is Gone " lyrics, John Newton (July 24, 1725-December 21, 1807),
was born in London, England and
achieved fame as a Hymnist and curate at Olney, Buckinghamshire.
Composer of Hymn Music
The composer of the
music that accompanies the
words of "See, Another Year is Gone ", Marcus McKibben Wells (October 20, 1815-July 17, 1895),
was born in Otsego, New York, United States and
became famous as a composer and musician.
Information about the
Title of Hymn: See, Another Year is Gone
Author of Lyrics (Hymnist): John Newton (July 24, 1725
to December 21, 1807)
Nationality of Author:
Translator of the Hymn
lyrics: N/A Hymn written in English
Name of Composer of Music: Marcus McKibben Wells (October 20, 1815 to
July 17, 1895)
Hymn Category: New Year Songs
First Line of Hymn: "See! another year is gone! Quickly have the seasons passed"
First Publication Date:
See, Another Year is Gone Lyrics
See! another year is gone!
Quickly have the seasons passed!
This we enter now upon
May to many prove our last.
Mercy hitherto has spared,
But have mercies been improved?
Let us ask, am I prepared
Should I be this year removed?
Some we now no longer see,
Who their mortal race have run;
Seemed as fair for life as we,
When the former year begun;
Some, but who God only knows,
Who are here assembled now,
Ere the present year shall close,
To the stroke of death must bow.
Life a field of battle is,
Thousands fall within our view;
And the next death-bolt that flies,
May be sent to me or you:
While we preach, and while we hear,
Help us, Lord, each one, to think,
Vast eternity is near,
I am standing on the brink.
If from guilt and sin set free,
By the knowledge of Thy grace;
Welcome, then, the call will be
To depart and see Thy face:
To Thy saints, while here below,
With new years, new mercies come;
But the happiest year they know
Is their last, which leads them home.