William Strode

(1602 - 1644 / England)

A New Year's Gift - Poem by William Strode

We are prevented; you whose Presence is
A Publick New-yeares gift, a Common bliss
To all that Love or Feare, give no man leave
To vie a Gift but first he shall receave;
Like as the Persian Sun with golden Eies
First shines upon the Priest and Sacrifice.

Ile on howere; May this yeare happier prove
Than all the Golden Age when Vertue strove
With nothing but with Vertue; may it bee
Such as the Dayes of Saturnes Infancy.
May every Tide and Season joyntly fitt
All your Intents and your Occasions hitt:
May every Grayne of Sand within your Glass
Number a fresh content before it pass.
And when success comes on, stand then each howre
Like Josuah's Day, & grow to three or fowre:
At last when this yeare rounds and wheeles away,
Bee still the next yeare like the old yeares Day.

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  • Spock The Vegan (12/29/2015 8:09:00 PM)

    I'm torn with several possibilities:
    1. It was written so long ago that the spelling was different
    2. He intentionally spelled wrong
    3. He cudn't spl wrt a drn
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Poem Submitted: Thursday, January 1, 2004

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