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A PRAYER FOR THE NEW YEAR, by            
First Line: O year that is going, take with you
Last Line: And more love that is true love indeed.
Subject(s): Holidays; New Year; Prayer


O year that is going, take with you
Some evil that dwells in my heart;
Let selfishness, doubt,
With the old year go out—
With joy I would see them depart.

O year that is going, take with you
Impatience and wilfulness—pride;
The sharp word that slips
From those too hasty lips,
I would cast, with the old year aside.

O year that is coming, bring with you
Some virtue of which I have need;
More patience to bear
And more kindness to share,
And more love that is true love indeed.





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