Ella Wheeler Wilcox

(5 November 1850 - 30 October 1919 / Johnstown Center / Rock County / Wisconsin)

The Christian’s New Year Prayer - Poem by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Thou Christ of mine, Thy gracious ear low bending
Through these glad New Year days,
To catch the countless prayers to heaven ascending –
For e’en hard hearts do raise
Some secret wish for fame, or gold, or power,
Or freedom from all care –
Dear, patient Christ, who listeneth hour on hour,
Hear now a Christian’s prayer.

Let this young year, silent, walks beside me,
Be as a means of grace
To lead me up, no matter what betide me,
Nearer the Master’s face.
If it need be ere I reach the Fountain
Where living waters play,
My feet should bleed from sharp stones on the mountain,
Then cast them in my way.

If my vain soul needs blows and bitter losses
To shape it for Thy crown,
Then bruise it, burn it, burden it with crosses,
With sorrows bear it down.
Do what Thou wilt to mould me to Thy pleasure,
And if I should complain,
Heap full of anguish yet another measure
Until I smile at pain.
Send dangers – deaths! but tell me how to dare them;
Enfold me in Thy care.
Send trials, tears! but give me strength to bear them –
This is a Christian’s prayer.

Comments about The Christian’s New Year Prayer by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

  • Jayatissa K. Liyanage (12/24/2017 10:45:00 PM)

    Very thoughtfully written true feelings of a genuine heart in the spirit of Christianity. Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

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  • Sylvia Frances Chan (12/24/2017 10:17:00 PM)

    WOW! This is a Christian prayer, how sweetest and so honest. The archaic style is mesmerizing. I like very much this ardent poem, I am impressed by her words. I will come again here and read time and again. Thank you family Wheeler Wilcox, thy Mother is absolutely a poetess with much greatest gift. She gets a milliard voting from me. An ardent loyal poem. (Report) Reply

  • (12/24/2017 3:13:00 AM)

    oh! this contains the spirit of true prayer for a new year........very heavenly and inspiring indeed.............thanks for sharing (Report) Reply

  • Bernard F. Asuncion (12/24/2017 1:53:00 AM)

    Such an inspiring new year prayer by Ella Wheeler Wilcox👍👍👍 (Report) Reply

  • (10/24/2015 4:01:00 PM)

    ....wonderful poem, strenghth is important ★ (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, May 31, 2003

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