The New Year 1904

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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!


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