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A NEW YEAR'S SACRIFICE; TO LUCINDA, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Those that can give, open their hands this day
Last Line: Behold the blaze of thy immortal name.
Subject(s): Holidays; New Year


THOSE that can give, open their hands this day;
Those that cannot, yet hold them up to pray,
That health may crown the seasons of this year,
And mirth dance round the circle; that no tear,
Unless of joy, may with its briny dew
Discolour on your cheek the rosy hue;
That no access of years presume to abate
Your beauty's ever-flourishing estate.
Such cheap and vulgar wishes I could lay
As trivial off'rings at your feet this day;
But that it were apostacy in me
To send a prayer to any deity
But your divine self, who have power to give
Those blessings unto others, such as live
Like me, by the sole influence of your eyes,
Whose fair aspects govern our destinies.
Such incense, vows, and holy rites as were
To the involved serpent of the year
Paid by Egyptian priests, lay I before
Lucinda's sacred shrine, whilst I adore
Her beauteous eyes, and her pure altars dress
With gums and spice of humble thankfulness.
So may my goddess from her heaven inspire
My frozen bosom with a Delphic fire;
And then the world shall, by that glorious flame,
Behold the blaze of thy immortal name.





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