Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, A NEW YEAR'S THOUGHT, by CHARLES LOUIS HENRY WAGNER

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A NEW YEAR'S THOUGHT, by            
First Line: What does the new year hold in store for me
Last Line: And take what comes, conformable to plan.
Subject(s): Future; Holidays; Life Change Events; New Year; Time

What does the New Year hold in store for me,
What hopes, what joys, what peace is mine to be?
Will Providence, who holds the gauge of years
Within the hollow of His hand, lend ears
And heed my shallow importunities
That this, the coming year, shall bend its knees
To my imperious and boastful will,
And ward from me each dark, impending ill?
I know not what the New Year brings, nor dare
Attempt to read its portent scroll; if fair
Its prospects are, I shall rejoice indeed.
If storm clouds loom, shall I then cringe and plead
For fairer skies?—God grant I'll play the man
And take what comes, conformable to plan.

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