Here is a wonderful (and free) book of poetry set up to provide one Scripture verse, one illustrative story or quote, and one related poem for each day of the year! A Year of Beautiful Thoughts compiled by Jeanie A. B. Greenough is a perfect book for starting the new year — new decade! — on the right foot.
- Elizabeth Barrett Browning.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson.
- Nathaniel Hawthorn.
- Washington Irving.
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
- George MacDonald.
- Christina Rossetti.
- John Ruskin.
And many, many other familiar names.
A Suggestion for a Happy New Year.
Suppose we think little about “Number One;”
Suppose we all help some one else to have fun;
Suppose we ne’er speak of the faults of a friend,
Suppose we are ready our own to amend;
Suppose we laugh with and not at other folk,
And never hurt anyone, “just for the joke;”
Suppose we hid trouble, and show only cheer,—
‘Tis likely we’ll have quite a “happy new year!”
Mary Mapes Dodge