Poetical recreations consisting of original poems, songs, odes, &c. with several new translations : in two parts
Barker, Jane.

ON NEW-YEARS-DAY.

OH Time, with Wings thou well may'st painted be,
For that shows swiftness and celerity;
And thy keen Scythe as truly doth bespeak,
What mighty devastations thou do'st make.
That which thy hand incircles is a Glass,
VVhose Sands with fleeting constancy do pass
An Emblem, which adapted is to show,
VVhat short duration all things have below;
The Revolution of another Year,
Do's plain and obvious to each Eye appear:
Page  24The New-Year is in Infancy begun,
And to its latter period soon will run;
For when the last Years Scene of things are gone,
The Revolutions of the New post on.
View the Creation made with curious Art,
And you'll see motion run through ev'ry part;
For whensoe'er that ceases, presently
The Object do's begin to wast and dye.
But now this Festival of New-years-day,
A more exalted Subject doth display;
For it exhibiteth upon Record
The Circumcision of our blessed Lord;
VVhich Institution was by God decreed
For a distinction unto Abr'am's Seed:
But when our Saviour came, what need was there
But that this Iewish Rite shou'd disappear?
The Circumcision of the Heart was then
Eteem'd more proper for the Sons of Men;
Instead of Circumcision and the Passover,
Our Saviour therefore did enjoyn two other
More Sacred Sacraments, which Christians now
Do celebrate with a most solemn Vow.
Page  25The former (a) Rite Mortification taught,
(b) This a more comprehensive meaning brought;
To wash off Adam's Sin is the intent,
As Water is a cleansing Element.
And all the Laws our Saviour did enjoyn,
Than those he has remov'd, are more sublime;
Since nothing came from him but what's Divine.
Each Festival that keeps his Memory,
Shou'd not without our due respet pass by.
'Tis fit we shou'd commemorate such days
With an ecstatick and exalted praise,
And all our Faculties in Transport raise.