The Way to a Happy New Year

To leave the old
with a burst of song
To recall the right
and forgive the wrong;

To forget the thing
that binds you fast
To the vain regrets
of the year that's past;

To have the strength
to let go your hold
Of the not worthwhile
of the days grown old,

To dare to go forth
with a purpose true,
To the unknown task
of the year that's new;

To help your brother
along the road
To do his work
and lift his load;

To add your gift
to the world's good cheer,
Is to have and to give a
Happy New Year.