New Year’s Day

This day, indeed, of all the year
Do I hold dear,
This bright, untarnished jewel
Given into my humble keeping,
Untouched by fears, unmarred by weeping….
First to be strung upon the chain
Of days that weave their yearly
Circle ’round my head.
Here, at this fount, my new-born
Hopes are fed. Here are my resolutions
Pledged; and hedged with faith
In the Almighty good, I face
The future fortified, knowing with this bright
Hour of dawning I erase
All that has gone before,
And, here, begin my life once more!