January
January

A New Year′s Hope

Isle of Wight Observer – January 05 1861

AN ACROSTIC

By Frederick Augustus Lewis

A  while from worldly thoughts will stray
N  ow let us think what’s pass’d away:
E  ‘en a year forever rolled;
W  here ’tis gone I will unfold:
Y  onder through the wintry sky
E  ‘en to God that year did fly’
A  book of thought and actions done
R  evealed that year when it was run!
S  how mercy to your fellow men;-
H  eaven will bless the new year then.
O h! seek for more than worldly gain;-
P  ity the Poor, relieve their pain;
E  ‘en God will give to you again.
1861.

IMPROMPTU ON NEW YEAR’S DAY 1861

We start afresh on life’s rough way,
On this, another New Year’s day;
May joy be ours; may peace attend
Each step, as on our path we wend.

We cannot tell how it may close;
We know not what its joys or woes;
But “hope” our watchword, on we pace;
The path as yet we cannot trace.

We would not darken up our road
By picturing o’er our head a cloud;
But rather seek to cheer our way
With happy hearts, and footsteps gay!

HOPE EVER.

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