On the Hills of the Morning I Saw Him
Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Ella Wheeler Wilcox (1850-1919)
I saw on the hills of the morning,
The form of the New Year arise,
He stood like a statue adorning
The world with a background of skies.
There were courage and grace in his beautiful face,
And hope in his glorious eyes.
“I come from Time’s boundless forever”,
He said, with a voice like a song,
“I come as a friend to endeavour,
I come as a foe to all wrong.
To the sad and afraid I bring promise of aid,
And the weak I will gird and make strong.”
“I bring you more blessings than terrors,
I bring you more sunlight than gloom,
I tear out your page of old errors,
And hide them away in Time’s tomb.
I reach you clean hands, and lead on to the lands
Where the lilies of peace are in bloom.”
Ella Wheeler Wilcox wrote several poems with the same title “New Year”. The above one was reproduced from the book “Poetical Works of Ella Wheeler Wilcox”, W.P. Nimmo, Hay, & Mitchell, Edinburgh, undated, probably 1917, 527 pages, see p. 434. It was published in our associated websites on 06 August 2018.