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O'Hara, John Bernard: The New Year
The New Year
(1st Jannuary, 1901)

No stormy dawn of presage in the skies,
No fiery sign disastrous slays the gloom,
No portent, rising from the old year's tomb,
Brings direful warnings. Never watching eyes

Beheld a morn of richer promise rise,
Beheld a surer sun of Life assume
The mountain peaks of Hope, and re-illume
With splendour where the darkness quails and dies.

O year, made deathless with a drawn sublime,
Herald august of days that have for treasure,
And hold in fee, the glory of the South,

Be thou the least of mighty years that Time
Hath for the maid whose eyes he filled with azure,
Touching with fire the roses of her mouth.

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