James M. Whitfield's America and Other Poems

  Table of Contents:
Cover Page
"Christmas Hymn"
"Lines on the Death of J. Quincy Adams"
"To Cinque"
"New Year's Hymn"
"To A.H."
"How Long"
"The Arch Apostate"
"The Misanthropist"
"A Hymn"
"Yes! strike again that sounding string"
"To -------"
"Prayer of the Oppressed"
"To S.A.T."
"Delusive Hope"
"To M.E.A."
"A Hymn"
"Ode for the Fourth of July"
"Midnight Musings"
"Ode to Music"
"Stanzas for the First of August"
"The North Star"
(text of all poems)

  New Year's Hymn p1
"New Year's Hymn"
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ANOTHER year, another year,
   Unfolds its page of hope and fear!
Where, at its close, shall we appear
   Who now are congregated here.

Perhaps, with those now passed away,
   We may be laid deep in the earth;
Perchance, ‘mid foreign scenes, we may
   Forget the land that gave us birth.

Perhaps upon the stormy seas,
   Where raging billows wildly roll,

New Year's Hymn p2 The terrors of despair may seize
   Upon the dark and guilty soil.

But wheresoe’er our footsteps tend,
   ‘Mid tropic sands, or polar snow,
May we remember that great Friend
   Who guards us wheresoe’er we go.

Whose mighty hand hath been our stay
   Through scenes of trouble, doubt and fear,
And suffered us, poor worms of clay,
   To enter on another year.

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