The New Year 1904

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The New Year 1904  (1904) 
by Clarence Bicknell, translated by Clarence Bicknell

A year without a sorrow
  Or a cross,
Or dread of any morrow
  Bringing loss. Could it be?

A year of light, with shadow
  Scarcely one?
Of fruits in every meadow,
  Thistles none. Will it be?

A year of many roses
  And few thorns;
A year that brighter closes
  Than it dawns. May it be!

A year of God’s unfolding
  Wider wings;
A year of man’s beholding
  Better things. Must it be!

This work was published before January 1, 1927, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.