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2* Lift up your glass, old Father Time,

Let us see how the bright grains floW^
For close by,your side a pallid form,
The Old Year, waits to go.

3- O year so feeble and bent and old,

Before the New Year's heard —
Your time is short — yet ere you go
"Wouldst say a parting word ?

*• Yes, well I know my time is brief.

My sands are almost gone,
Nor more for me on Bea or land
Shall dawn another morn.

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It matters not. My day is o'er,
I'll take my needed rest.

The work God sent me here to do
Is done. I've tried my best

To do it well. Now, weak and worn,

I lay my burden down,
And gladly to the New Year give

My glitt'riug golden crown.

He's coming full of life and hope,

A careless, happy boy.
Dost think that one so blithe and gay

Would bring thee aught but joy ?

O, friends, believe whate'er he brings,
He only does God's will,

He sends in mercy joy or grief,
Believe and trust Him still.

5. But hark ! from every steeple now

I hear the glad bells ring,
The last grain falls, my time is o'er,
Farewell ! the New Year's King.

'• There's a quaint and curious legend

That when the Old Year dies,
He wings his course away from earth
Straight up to Paradise,

And waits outside the pearly gates
Till Peter turns the key,

And then within the golden streets
He bends a lowly knee.

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Before the great white throne he shows

The record of the year,
Wherein all deeds, the gocrl and bad,

Must every on^^ appear.

He sees it sealed, its secrets hid,

Till that last dreadful day,
When sun and moon, and earth and sky.

Shall surely pass away.

And then among the phantom years

That vanished one by one,
He takes his place, a shadowy form,

His earthly work all done.

S- Perchance 'tis true, for in God's Book

We read that all we say.
The ghost of foolish words and deeds,
Shall meet us that last day.

Ah recite. — "I say unto you, that every idle word
that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof
in the day of judgment." — Matt, xii, 36.

^' But see ! the brave young King appears,

A bright-eyed, sturdy boy;
We greet yon kindly, fair young sir,
And wish you every joy.

1®- Thanks for your greeting, friends,

I hear the merry bells a-ringing,
And high and low throughout the land
The New Year's praises singing.

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*• Just so they welcomed him who now

Passed through yon open door,
Just so they'll welcome him who'll come
When my brief reign is o'er.

Well, let it pass, it matters not,

Life's journey's but begun,
I'll do my work, and when 'tis o'er

I'll hear Him say, " Well done."

All recite. — " Well done, good and faithful servant \
thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make
thee ruler over many things ; enter thou into the joy of
thy Lord."— Matt, xxv, 21.

All the children together. —

Behold ! there slowly comes this way

A strange and curious crew,
The seasons, months, the weeks and days

Come marching into view.

Seasons together. —

^' We are the seasons blithe and bold,
Summer's heat, and winter's cold.
Spring's warm sunshine, birds, and showers,
Autumn's painted leaves and flowers ;
He who dwells in endless day
Started us upon our way,
And not till Time shall be no more
Shall our long day of work be o'er.

All on stage. — " While the earth remaineth, seed time
and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter,
and day and night shall not cease." — Gen. viii, 22.

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Months together. —
^- We are the months, Time's henchmen true.

Ever ready his work to do ;
We lock the rivers, ponds, and lakes,
We sift the earth with feathery flakes ;
The brown buds swell and the green leaves com©.
We bring the insects drowsy hum.
The autumn fruits and the ripened grain,
Then winter's snowy reign again,
And whatever work you give we'll do.
For we are your servants brave and true.

^* Well said, well said, O montlis so true
Well said, my servants bold,
Be sure to its own time ye give
The hours of heat and cold.

All on stage. — " Thou hast set all the borders of the
earth ; thou hast made summer and winter." — Ps. Ixxiv,

Weeks together. —
^- We are the weeks. See us march along,

Sometimes we've a story, and sometimes a song ;
We are not very big, but 'twill only take
Four of our number a month to make.
Now, bonny young King, we have come to-day
To help you along your toilsome way ;
No sunny and flowery path you'll tread,
'Tis narrow and thorny and rough instead ;
Of sorrow and trouble you'll have your share.
It will bend your form and whiten your hair.
But remember, however hard it may be,
You are working for all eternity*

164 A NEW year's exercise.

All on stage. — " Be strong, all ye people of the land
saith the Lord, and work ; for I am with you, saith the
Lord of hosts." — Hag. ii, 4.

Mew Year. —

What eare I though my locks o' gold

Are shorn of all their beauty ?
Why should I fear old Father Time ?

I've come to do my duty,
To right old wrongs, to help the weak.

And do the Father's will ;
O weeks and months, I'll need your help

To every task fulfill.

All on stage. — " I must work the works of Him that
sent me, while it is day." — John ix, 4.

Days together. —
!*• We are the days, come hand in hand,

Marching together, a happy band.
Made up of shade and sunshine, we.
The fairest of this company ;
Seven sisters, good and true,
O King, w^e come to welcome you ;
We're little ones, yet Avell we know
We each can help you here below.
Help to right some bitter wrong.
Help to make some weak one strong,
Help you lighten some one's sorrow,
Help ring in that golden morrow.
When all heaven and earth shall sing
Praises to aur Heavenly King.

All on stage. — " O, let the nations be glad and sing
for joy." — Ps- Ixvii, 4.

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[^Seasons, Months, Weeks, and Days all join hands and
march round the New Year, reciting together ;]
So we, your servants tried and true,

Do every one appear,
Our seasons, months, our weeks and days
Make up your little year.

New Year. —

O, gather around, months and weeks,

O days, come around me too.
We are starting out on our journey now,

And we all have a work to do.
Let us do it so wisely and do it so well
That angels who watch us will hasten to tell
To the saints up in Heaven the wonderful story,
And the Father who reigneth forever in glory
Shall whisper, when all of our work is complete,
And we stand on Death's threshold with world

weary feet.
Come hither, O year, and each month, week,/

and day,
In Heaven above there's a mansion for aye.

All recite. — " In my Father's house are many man*
sw)ns." — John xiv, 2.

Lizzie M. Hadley.



For six childrea

An arcli tnmmed wifh evergreens snould stand half way back on a
platform ; the arch divided into two parts, one part three times as large
as the other. Over the top of the arch the words, "A Happy New Year,"
under tliem and over the larger division of the arch the words, " Worldly
Pleasure," and over the smaller part of the arch the word "Duty' are
to be written. A boy dressed as Father Time will stand at the division
of the arch. A number of persons are to be placed back of the arch, out
of sight, to sing in chorus the verses following each speech.

First Voice. —

Standing here on the threshold of Happy New Year,

I pause for a moment to muse
On the paths now before me : I would I could know

Just which of these ways I shoukl choose.
Oh, shall I choose pleasure, or shall I choose duty?
l^Looks m.]
The first offers well, and looks fair ;

[Draws back and listens to chorus.']
But ah ! still methinks from the narrower portal
Sweet voices are calling me there.

[ Chorus back of arch, C. M. tune."]
List to the call of pleading love,

And hither turn thy feet,
This path, from worldly care and strife.

Leads to a calm retreat.

F'irst Voice. —

Your sweet pleading I hear; my choice is now made,

I'll enter this narrower way.
Worldly pleasure from hence can allure me no more,
[Enters narrow path.]
I'll follow this path, nor delay.


Seeona Voice —

Wide open the pathway of pleasure and ease,
In which I may willingly tread

plain path of duty, sometime I may choose thee,
When all of life's pleasures have fled.

\_Stands listening.^

iChorus back of arch ; tune, " Upidee " in College Songs.'}
O come, and let us dance awhile,

Tral-hi-la, Tral-la-la,
With joyous step and gladsome smile,

Though some may weep, we'll happy be.

And sing a merry melody.
Tral-la-la-la-la-la-la, Tral-la-la, Tral-la-la,
Tral-la-la-1 a-la-la-la, Tral-la-la-la -la.

Second Voice. —

Your gay calling I hear, and gladly I come

To join in your joy and your mirth,
Tho' grim Time may stand at the door of the path.
To warn that your charms are of earth,
\_E)ite7's wide path.}

Third Voice. —

1 seek for a pathway, illumined and bright,
Where true pleasures never decay,

Earthly splendor can never bring purest delight ;
O duty, I choose thee to-day.

[Stands listening.']

[ChoriLS, C. M. tune.']
Come, walk betimes in Wisdom's way,
All murmu rings now cease.


These ways are ways of pleasantness.
And all these paths are peace.

Third Voice. —
The path I long have sought is here,

I'll quickly enter in ;
The way, though narrow, I'll not fear,

With peace and joy to win.

Fourth Voice. —

And must I now choose but one of these p^ihji?

Ah ! this one looks pleasant and wide ;
I surely will never find thorns on this road,
For the flowers of ease grow inside.
\Stands listening.']

[^Chorus; tune, "JL Life on the Ocean Wave^'^

A life of pleasure and ease,

A home of beauty and pride,
We'll give these things that please.

Then ask for nothing beside.
You can choose right here and now

All the pleasures life can give,
And there's many in store, I trow.

For those who for pleasures live.
\_Repeat first Jour lines.]

Fourth Voice. —

O, I listen with joy to the voices within.

They bid me be merry and gay,
The pathway of duty I never can tread,
This surely's the happier way.
^Enters wide pathi^


Fifth Voice, addressing Father Time. —

tell me, please tell me, 1 pray, Father Time,
In which of these ways I must go ?

Or better, still better, wilt thou walk beside
And talk of the things I should know ?

Shall I pass Worldly Pleasure, nor let it persuade me
To enter the wide-open gate ?

But firmly press forward and enter the portal
Of duty, before it's too late ?

[Time takes speaker by the hand and stands at Gate oj
Pleasure and speaks ;]

1 would have you to pause ere you enter a path,

And gaze for a moment inside.
This roadside of pleasure, tho' pleasing to view,

Hath not footprints of Wisdom to guide.
The flowers, ere they're gathered, oft wither and die,

And the fruits are quite bitter to taste,
And the road tho' so broad ends in weary despair,

O turn, nor a moment now waste.

[Time leads her to narrow path.']
But look well and consider on Duty's plain way,

Tho' 'tis narrow its straightness behold,
And for those who press forward the loveliest flowers

Their beauty and fragrance unfold.
It is true, thorns may wound them as onward they go,

But they'll find, if they earnestly try,
That beside the sharp thorns sweetest roses most rare,

In closest proximity lie.

Fifth Voice replies. —

I will heed your kind voice and now enter this road,
But what at the end will appear ?


Time says : —
Just listen a moment, I think you will know.
Sweet voices, tho' distant, I hear.

[ Chorus ; " Old Hundred,**']

Blest are the people of the earth
Who early choose plain duty's way.

That leads to joys unspeakable

And pleasures which can ne'er decay.

{Fifth speaker and Time enter narrow gate aurmg sing



Thl3 exercise may ba given by either twenty-six or thirteen children,'
Ifby the latter number, tholirst child will repeat both ther^ret and thf
fourteenth voices, etc. The superintendent or leader should call eact,
tetter distinctly, and all should repeat the watchwords iu concert.

A. — Abstain from all appearance of eviL

First Voice. —

Don't think you can tamper and trifle with sin>

And yet escape di^nger and shame ;
When once on the pathway of wrong you begin,

'Tis just like the moth and the flame.

R — Be not among wine-bibbera.

Second Voiee.-^

A better time would soon appear
If all who now drink wine and beer
Would join with us, the temperance band^

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