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1 AGAIN time's ever fleeting hand
2 Points to the finish'd year;
3 It's moments with past ages stand,
4 Nor more for me appear.
5 Say has improvement mark'd your flight,
6 Seasons in mercy given?
7 Does the recording angel write
8 His testimony, heaven?
9 For tho' from me for ever flown,
10 Unchang'd you awful mount;
11 And angels smile, or fiends you frown
12 Upon my last account.
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13 Then as the opening dawn I hail,
14 Of time to me renew'd;
15 Be what I do and where I fail,
16 Impartially review'd.
17 And while th' important moments pass,
18 And time again revolves;
19 Spirit of power and heavenly grace,
20 Assist my weak resolves.
21 From each imperfect virtuous part,
22 Then purer good shall spring;
23 From errors past, a contrite heart,
24 Sainted repentance bring.


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Title (in Source Edition): A HYMN FOR NEW YEAR'S DAY.
Author: Eliza Day
Genres: hymn; occasional poem

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Daye, Eliza, b. ca. 1734. Poems, on Various Subjects. Liverpool: Printed by J. M'Creery, 1798, pp. [216]-217. [2],x,[4],258p.; 8° (ESTC T132359) (Page images digitized by University of California Libraries.)

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