New Year (I saw on the hills of the morning...)
by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
I saw on the hills of the morning
The form of the New Year arise,
He stood like a statue adorning
The world with a background of skies.
There were courage and grace in his beautiful face,
And hope in his glorious eyes.
I come from Time's boundless forever,
He said, with a voice like a song.
I come as a friend to endeavour,
I come as a foe to all wrong.
To the sad and afraid I bring promise of aid,
And the weak I will gird and make strong.
I bring you more blessings than terrors,
I bring you more sunlight than gloom,
I tear out your page of old errors,
And hide them away in Time's tomb.
I reach you clean hands, and lead on to the lands
Where the lilies of peace are in bloom.
Source:Poems of Pleasure
Gay And Bird, 22 Bedford Street, Strand, London