Katharine Lee Bates

(1859-1929 / United States)

New Year - Poem by Katharine Lee Bates

WHITE year, white year,
Muffled soft in snow,
A diamond spray whose gems are gone
Before their grace we know,
A crystal-coated spray whose hours
Melt when looked upon,
Hoarfrost stars and hoarfrost flowers,
White year!
Green year, green year,
Sweet with sun and showers,
A windblown spray whose blossoms bright
Are the seven-colored hours,
A dancing spray whose leaves are days,
A spray whose leaves delight
In azure gleam and silver haze,
Green year!
New Year, new year
From rosy leaf to gold,
A shining spray on the Tree of Time
Where myriad sprays unfold,
A spray so fair that God may see
And gather it, bloom and rime,
To deck the doors of Eternity,
New Year!


Comments about New Year by Katharine Lee Bates

  • Rajnish Manga (12/25/2017 11:54:00 PM)


    New Year, new year
    From rosy leaf to gold,
    A shining spray on the Tree of Time..... //..... The poem nicely unfolds the spirit of New Year. Thanks.
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  • (12/25/2017 11:44:00 PM)


    A deep in-breath packed with myriads of metaphorically expressed aspirations for anew year. Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

  • Bernard F. Asuncion (12/25/2017 10:00:00 PM)


    Such an excellent new year poem by Katharine Lee Bates👍👍👍 (Report) Reply

  • (12/25/2017 10:47:00 AM)


    Beautiful new year song beautifully scripted...........outstanding piece............thanks for sharing (Report) Reply

  • Subhas Chandra Chakra (12/25/2017 10:29:00 AM)


    A spray so fair that God may see
    And gather it, bloom and rime,
    To deck the doors of Eternity,
    New Year!
    Lovely poem.
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  • Ruta Mohapatra (12/25/2017 6:47:00 AM)


    ' A shining spray on the tree of time'....Beautiful imagery, stunning expression! (Report) Reply

  • Anil Kumar Panda (12/25/2017 6:47:00 AM)


    Nice reading. Thanks for posting. (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (12/25/2017 12:35:00 AM)


    Soft in snow! ! Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, April 16, 2010



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