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Flew Year's Day.

“THE KING OF LIGHT-FATHER OF AGED TIME-
HATH BROUGHT ABOUT THAT DAY WHICH IS THE PRIME
TO THE SLOW, GLIDING MONTHS, WHEN EVERY EYE
WEARS SYMPTOMS OF A SOBER JOLLITY."

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O said an old English poet, and so says old Peter Parley in the year 1852. New Year's Day has always been to me, my young friends, a gladsome day; for whenever it has come, I have accustomed myself to look back on the past year with GRATITUDE, and on the

coming one with HOPE ; and as hope and gratitude are both cheerful and pleasant companions, they have made me joyful; and I have sometimes, old as I am, capered with delight among the youngsters in the merry dance, as my old friend Sir Roger de Coverley did before me; and I have listened to the ringing out of the old year, and the ringing in of the new one, with joy, sobered by reflection, and with meditation, brightened by thankfulness to the Giver of all good.

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To me also, my young friends, it has always been a great delight to hear in the streets, “A merry new year to you!” “A happy new

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year to you!" and the greeting of humble labour to smiles and kind

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