Monday, December 30, 2013

"A New Year's Greeting" by Rev. Joseph C. Booth (1914)

A New Year's Greeting.


My wish to every friend:

        "A Happy, Bright New Year!"

For you my prayers ascend

        To God, whom I revere.

O may this message cheer

        The throbbing heart that's sad!

And drive away all fear—

        Believe my true Ballade.

Heaven's richest joys descend,

        And may your skies be clear,

That you may apprehend

        Your faithful Pioneer.

Behold Him at your rear,

        Omnipotently clad;

In front doth He appear—

        Believe my true Ballade.

To God your lives command,

        With all that you hold dear;

He will your cause defend,

        For he hath no compeer.

Trust Him with heart sincere;

        Praise Him for what you've had,

Your praises He will hear—

        Believe my true Ballade.


Friends! to these truths adhere,

        They'll make you faithful, glad

And strong through life's career—

        Believe my true Ballade.

Troy Times. December 31, 1914

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