Saturday, January 1, 2011

Sunrise Sees A New Year Born

New Year's Morning
~Helen Hunt Jackson~

Only a night, from old to new!
Only a night, and so much wrought!
 The Old Year’s heart all weary grew,
But said: “The New Year rest has brought.”

The Old Year’s hopes its heart laid down,
As in a grave; but trusting, said:
 “The blossoms of the New Year’s crown
Bloom from the ashes of the dead.”

The Old Year’s heart was full of greed;
With selfishness it longed and ached,
 And cried: “I have not half I need.
My thirst is bitter and unslaked.

But to the New Year’s generous hand
All gifts in plenty shall return;
 True love it shall understand;
By all my failures it shall learn.

I have been reckless; it shall be
Quiet and calm and pure of life.
 I was a slave; it shall go free,
And find sweet peace where I leave strife.”

Only a night from old to new!
Never a night such changes brought.
 The Old Year had its work to do;
No New Year miracles are wrought.

Always a night from old to new!
Night and the healing balm of sleep!
 Each morn is New Year’s morn come true,
 Morn of a festival to keep.

All nights are sacred nights to make
Confession and resolve and prayer;
 All days are sacred days to wake
New gladness in the sunny air.

Only a night from old to new;
Only a sleep from night to morn.
 The new is but the old come true;
Each sunrise sees a new year born.


  1. Hello Nancy,
    nice post! I wish you a very Happy New Year full of Health, Luck and Joy.
    Greetings, Johanna

  2. Lovely. Happy New Year! May your year be filled with Blessings. Hugs, Marty

  3. Happy New Year Nancy! Wishing you and your family a great 2011:@)

  4. What a beautiful poem. Your picture was gorgeous! Thank you for swinging by to say hello. From our home to yours Happy New Year! hugs ~lynne~

  5. What a beautiful picture!
    Happy New Year to you, Nancy!

  6. Nancy, Is your husband still making the breads with his sister? If so how do I order some? If you kept my number from my visit to your shop last week you can call me or email me. Thanks! Pam Smith


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