Richard Chenevix Trench

1807 - 1886 / Ireland

New Year's Eve

The strong in spiritual action need not look
Upon the new-found year as on a scroll,
The which their hands lack cunning to unroll,
But in it read, as in an open book,
All they are seeking- high resolve unshook
By circumstance's unforeseen control,
Successful striving, and whate'er the soul
Has recognized for duty, not forsook.
But they whom many failures have made tame,
Question the future with that reverent fear,
Which best their need of heavenly aid may show,
Will it have purer thought, and loftier aim
Pursued more loftily? That a man might know
What thou wilt bring him, thou advancing year!
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