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Broadside entitled 'A New-Years-Gift'
From the Hand of a Stragger who (upon the 28th, of November)
MAY this Years Influence, the Nation Bless,
A Year, that may Entitle all to Reft,
But leaving this, my Thoughts a while shall stray,
In praise of Truth, an honest Muse may Pride,
Which makes me hope, since mine makes Truth her Guide,
These following Wishes, may be Verified.
Therefore do Wish, but Wish without Dispair,
If With well meant, could lessen humane Care ;
The purport of this Wish, may be your Share.
May Fortune gracious be, not vent her Spight,
For Foes there arc, tho Goodness cannot see,
May all good Things below, become your Due,
More than the Sun doth, in a Twelve-Month view ;
And make an Union between your GOD, and You.
May Head, and Heart, and all your Thoughts be bent,
More on the Joys of Heaven, than Self-Content;
And may his Grace, be the Equivalent.
All which I Wish, may firmly with you stay,
And Years to come, be all Serene and Gay,
While there's a Sun, a Moon, a Year, a Day.
Probable date published:
1715- shelfmark: S.302.b.2(078)