January 1, 2013

a note for the new year

A poem-prayer for 2013:
(that I am posting from the blanket-nest, snuggled warm reading this....)


"With mingling hope and trust and fear
I bid thee welcome, untried year;
The paths before me pause to view;
Which shall I shun and which pursue?
I read my fate with serious eye;
I see dear hopes and treasures fly,
Behold thee on thy opening wing
Now grief, now joy, now sorrow bring.
God grant me grace my course to run
With one blest prayer - His will be done."

~ Elizabeth Payson Prentiss, 1842