36 New Year Poems

Looking for a new year poem to start your year on a positive note, then read these short poems. Verses and peotry about the New Year to inspire and encourage you.

A new year can be a new beginning, filled with hopes, dreams, and goals. A time to look back on the past year, but also a time to look forward with hope and anticipation! Share these poems with others to celebrate the occasion of the beginning of another year!

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  1. Good-bye, Old Year
    Poet: Lila R. Munro Tainter

    Good-bye, Old Year, the hours are swiftly flying;
    The night has come at last and thou art dying.
    Doth no repentance, no remorse assail thee,
    As far and wide the wintry winds bewail thee?
    Good-bye, good-bye.

    Good-bye, Old Year; thou hast been most unkindly
    To one who welcomed thee so fondly, blindly;
    Who gave thee largess as a royal guest;
    Whose trust thou didst betray with wild unrest.
    Good-bye, good-bye.

    Good-bye, Old Year who came in clouds of glory;
    Thy breath upon my locks has left them hoary;
    Thy lips were chill and filled me with alarms;
    My roses faded in thy clasping arms.
    Good-bye, good-bye.

    Good-bye, Old Year; thy cruel hand, relentless,
    Robbed memory of joy and made it Icentiess;
    The wine of love poured from a shattered glass,
    In blood-red drops upon a mound of grass.
    Good-bye, good-bye.

    Good-bye, Old Year. And now, since thou must leave me,
    Wouldst sue for pardon wherein thou didst grieve me?
    Bestore sweet trust, make whole the broken heart,
    And from remembrance pluck the poisoned dart; -
    No answer - ruthless Year;
    Good-bye, good-bye.

  2. Happy New Year To You May You Be Blessed In All You Do

  3. Happy New Year To You
    Poet: Eloise A. Skimings

    A Happy New Year to you,
    Life has bright days for thee in store;
    Like stars thine eyes shine and dance with glee,
    In joy may they sparkle evermore.

    E'en thy sweet voice has for me a charm,
    Singing sweetly like nightingale;
    May no pow'r assail thee, fraught with harm,
    E'en for a moment thy cheek to pale.

    If long days to thee are given,
    Try to love all, and keep the chain riven
    Here on earth, and forever in heaven.

  4. I Wish You
    Poet: Eloise A. Skimings

    Love cannot bind us more truly
    In golden or silken chain;
    Like friends, we'll journey together,
    Love must in our bosoms remain,
    I wish you a Happy New Year,
    Ev'ry joy, no sorrow, no pain.

  5. I Pack My Trunk
    Poet: Amos R. Wells

    What shall I pack up to carry
    From the old year to the new?
    I'll leave out the frets that harry,
    Thoughts unjust and doubts untrue.

    Angry words--ah, how I rue them!
    Selfish deeds and choices blind;
    Any one is welcome to them!
    I shall leave them all behind.

    Plans? the trunk would need be double.
    Hopes? they'd burst the stoutest lid.
    Sharp ambitions? last year's stubble!
    Take them, old year! Keep them hid!

    All my fears shall be forsaken,
    All my failures manifold;
    Nothing gloomy shall be taken
    To the new year from the old.

    But I'll pack the sweet remembrance
    Of dear Friendship's least delight;
    All my jokes--I'll carry them hence;
    All my store of fancies bright;

    My contentment--would 'twere greater!
    All the courage I possess;
    All my trust--there's not much weight there!
    All my faith, or more, or less;

    All my tasks; I'll not abandon
    One of these--nay pride, my health;
    Every trivial or grand one
    Is a noble mine of wealth.

    And I'll pack my choicest treasures:
    Smiles I've seen and praises heard,
    Memories of unselfish pleasures,
    Cheery looks, the kindly word.

    Ah, my riches silence cavil!
    To my rags I bid adieu!
    Like a Croesus I shall travel
    From the old year to the new!

  6. Same Old Love
    Poet Unknown

    Only the same old love, you know,
    I sent it to you long ago.
    Only the memories of old
    That never have grown changed or cold.

    No, I have nothing new: and yet
    I scarcely think I need regret
    That it is so, for you and I
    Have precious things from days gone by.

    And if good wishes, good can bring,
    Mine are with you in everything:
    So take the old love tried and true
    On from the old year to the new.

  7. Make It A New Year
    Poet: Frances M. Morton

    Make it a new year, Lord!
    Blot out the sins of the old -
    Make of its errors and sorrows and pain
    The breath of a tale that is told!

    Make it a new year, Lord!
    Send a new light on its days,
    Lift up the hearts of the sorrowing ones
    And lead us along in new ways!

    Make it a new year, Lord!
    Give us new visions of life;
    Wipe out the causes of conflicts and wars
    And make thou an end of all strife!

    Make it a new year, Lord!
    Set a new star in our sky;
    Lead us a long with a purpose that's strong,
    External, exalted, and high!

  8. On To A New Year
    Julie Hebert, © 2011

    This is the year that things will change,
    And last year will be just that.
    We have learned from our mistakes and now look forward,
    It's our year to be up to bat.

    Money won’t be an issue as we will make more,
    And all of our bills will get paid.
    We will reframe from overspending and get a vacation,
    And last year will start to fade.

    Although those memories will start to fade,
    We will never truly forget that year.
    It was one of the hardest years we’ve had,
    But this year will bring us great cheer.

    So to the year that will bring us cheer,
    We welcome this wonderful change.
    And we hope and we pray for a year full of fun,
    It will be up to us to arrange.

  9. Our Old Acquaintance
    Poet: Grinnell Willis

    Our old acquaintance, thine and mine,
    Can never fade or cease to be.
    And all our days of "Auld Lang Syne"
    Are precious still to thee and me.

    I love to call them all to mind,
    Those years of long ago;
    Each one has round my heart entwined
    A tie that no one else can know.

    Oh! may the coming New Year send
    The best of all that's good and sweet,
    And love and happiness, dear friend,
    Unite to make thy life complete.

  10. A Happy New-Year Party
    Poet: Mary Helm

    I awoke this morning
    When the sun was shining bright
    And looked out of my window
    On a world all dressed white.

    Every hill was frosted
    Like a "happy birthday" cake,
    The icing growing thicker
    With each fluffy sifted flake.

    The fence posts stood like candles
    In each swirly, frosted holder;
    A birthday party, I exclaimed,
    The world is one year older.

    I dressed myself and hurried
    To the whitest, softest drift,
    And made a jolly snowman
    For the New Year's birthday gift!

  11. Closing Of The Year
    Poet Unknown

    And now at the closing, I want to remind you,
    Of the many good times you have left far behind you.
    How the thoughts will come up as we meet here each year,
    Of the many dear friends who no longer are here;

    Not the good times alone this occasion endears.
    But as we look back down the vista of years,
    Loved faces we see through the mellowing haze
    Of sweet retrospect, going back to the days

    That friendship has hallowed, whose memory still
    We cling to and cherish; the bright thoughts that thrill
    Our hearts with a rapture we would not forego
    For all that the future may hold: and we know

    'Tis joy of past pleasures and friendships which gives
    The charm that shall linger while memory lives.

  12. An Awesome Year
    Poet Catherine Pulsifer, © 2020

    A new year, is it the end
    Or is it a new beginning
    Does our life just blend
    Or is it winning?

    As the new year starts
    A time of reflection is good
    Are we living with heart
    Are we doing what we should?

    So as the year begins
    We should set our goals
    And take action to win
    Don't be stopped by the potholes.

    Be determined to have a good year
    You will face challenges but you can overcome
    If your attitude is positive and of good cheer
    The year can be one that is awesome!

  13. If your attitude is positive and of good cheer The year can be one that is awesome!

  14. The Old Year And The New
    Poet: Caleb Davis Bradlee

    Gone forever out of our sight,
    Its good and bad, its wrong and right,
    The grand Old Year!
    Just like a bride, all dressed in white,
    All full of love and grace and light,
    The blest New Year!

    Passed up to God, and left for aye,
    Weighed down by age and great decay,
    The loved Old Year!
    With youthful look and full of peace,
    Having of life a twelve months' lease,
    The good New Year!

    Away from sight, no more to give,
    With not another day to live,
    The old, Old Year!
    With gifts of love and holy cheer,
    With all things great and good and dear,
    All hail, New Year!

    Thanks for the past, and all that's given
    Of light and strength and truth and heaven,
    Great thanks, Old Year!
    And hope for every coming day,
    That wisdom's light may guide our way,
    All hope, New Year!

  15. The New Year
    Poet: R. H. Stoddard

    New Year, if you were bringing Youth,
    As you are bringing Age,
    I would not have it back, in sooth;
    I have no strength to wage
    Lost battles over. Let them be,
    Bury your dead, O Memory!

    Good-by, since you are gone. Old Year,
    And my past life, good-by!
    I shed no tear upon your bier.
    For it is well to die.
    New Year, your worst will be my best-
    What can an old man want but rest?

  16. Another Year
    Poet: Frances R. Havergal

    Another year is dawning!
    Dear Master, let it be,
    In working or in waiting.
    Another year with thee.

    Another year of progress.
    Another year of praise;
    Another year of proving
    Thy presence "all the days."

    Another year is dawning!
    Dear Master, let it be.
    On earth, or else in heaven,
    Another year for thee.

  17. The Old Year Now Away
    Poet: Unknown

    The old year now away is fled,
    The new year it is entered,
    Then let us now our sins down-tread
    And joyfully all appear.
    Let's merry be this holiday,
    And let us now both sport and play,
    Hang sorrow, let's cast care away:
    God send you a happy New Year!

    And now with New-Year's gifts each friend
    Unto each other they do send;
    God grant we may all our lives amend,
    And that the truth may appear.
    Now like the snake cast off your skin
    Of evil thoughts and wicked sin,
    And to amend this New Year begin:
    God send us a happy New Year!

    And now let all the company
    In friendly manner all agree,
    For we are here welcome, all may see,
    Unto this jolly good cheer.
    I thank my master and my dame,
    The which are founders of the same;
    To eat, to drink now is no shame:
    God send us a merry New Year!

    Come, lads and lasses every one,
    Jack, Tom, Dick, Bessy, Mary, and Joan,
    Let's cut the meat up unto the bone,
    For welcome you need not fear;
    And here for good liquor we shall not lack,
    It will whet my brains and strengthen my back;
    This jolly good cheer it must go to wrack:
    God send us a merry New Year!

    Come, give's more liquor when I do call,
    I'll drink to each one in this hall;
    I hope that so loud I must not bawl,
    But unto me lend an ear;
    Good fortune to my master send,
    And to my dame which is our friend,
    Lord bless us all, and so I end:
    God send us a happy New Year!

  18. A New Year's Hymn
    Poet: Hezekiah Butterworth

    For us, Lord, the year has brought
    Its bloom and harvest glory;
    To us, through changing seasons, taught
    Thy truth, in Gospel story....
    Read the rest of A New Year's Hymn

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  20. Out with the old In with the new Cheers to the future  And all that we do  Author Unknown

  21. God keep and bless you on this special day
    God watch over you this I always pray
    God give you faith to see your dreams come true
    And on this New Year may God bless you.
    Catherine Pulsifer

  22. We wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas
    and a prosperous and happy New Year.
    We wish you many blessings to all.

  23. Here's to the year that has gone
    With its share of joy and sadness
    And here's to the year to come
    May it have a full measure of gladness
    New Year Toast

  24. A happy New Year! grant that I,
    May bring no tear to any eye.
    When this New Year in time shall end,
    Let it be said I’ve played the friend,
    Have lived and loved and laboured here,
    And made of it a happy year.
    Edgar Guest

  25. So Happy Holidays to you, And Happy New Year too. I hope you are rewarded, For everything you do. Catherine Pulsifer

  26. Turning Over The New Leaf
    Poet: Unknown

    The year begins. I turn the leaf,
    All over writ with good resolves;
    Each to fulfill will be in chief
    My aim while earth its round revolves.
    How many a leaf I've turned before,
    And tried to make the record true;
    Each year a wreck on Time's dull shore
    Proved much I dared, but little knew.

    Ah, bright resolve! How high you bear
    The future's hopeful standard on;
    How brave you start; how poor you wear;
    How soon are hope and courage gone!
    You point to deeds of sacrifice,
    You shun the path of careless ease;
    Lentils and wooden shoes? Is this
    The fare a human soul to please?

    What wonder, then, if men do fall
    Where good is ever all austere;
    While vice is fair and pleasant all,
    And turns the leaf to lead the year?
    Yet still once more I turn the leaf,
    And mean to walk the better way;
    I struggle with old unbelief,
    And strive to reach the perfect day.

    Why should the road that leads to heaven
    Be all one reach of sterile sand?
    Why not, just here and there, be given
    A rose to deck the dreary land?
    But why repine? Others have trod,
    With sorer feet and heavier sins,
    Their painful pathway toward their God
    My pilgrimage anew begins.

    Failure and failure, hitherto,
    Has time inscribed upon my leaves;
    I've wandered many a harvest through
    And never yet have gathered sheaves;
    Yet once again the leaf I turn,
    Hope against hope for one success;
    One merit-mark at least to earn,
    One sunbeam in the wilderness.

  27. Faith, Hope and Love
    Poet: Unknown

    Out of the silent places
    The young year comes to light,
    Bringing new pain, new sadness.
    New care and new delight.
    Go forth to meet him bravely,
    The New Year all untried,
    The things the Old Year left with us -
    Faith, Hope, and Love - abide.

  28. Terraces
    by Ruby Dell Baughter

    I climb unconcioiis that I'm rising,
    Until I reach the top,
    And, as of yore, I then do see
    The Old Year curtain drop.

    I looked ahead, dipped, curved, uncertain-
    This journey in its prime,
    But soon I find the New Year road
    Another slope to climb.

    Each terrace gained, the curtain drops
    To hide the tedious miles I've trod ;
    The years are only terraces -
    Each one a little nearer God.

  29. My Mottoes
    by E. A. R. Shepherd

    A little girl of eight years once asked me what a motto was.
    I told her it was a few helpful words, or a quotation from some
    great writer or poet, that we should renew every year, and
    when we are in sorrow or trouble, go to our motto, read it
    over, and we will be surprised at the help we receive from it.

    I have a motto for the new year. I have it printed in large
    letters and have hung it on the wall. It is this:
    "True greatness consists of being great in little things."

    The little duties that we have to meet every day, especially
    when it is the same thing over and over again, are sometimes
    very trying, and we think we are not doing anything very
    great or helpful, but it is these little things that are of the
    greatest help if done in the right way.

    One year I had this motto:
    "Mistakes are lessons of wisdom."
    If I made a mistake in anything I used to worry over
    it terribly, and by worrying I made worse mistakes.
    But since I've had this motto I never worry over past mistakes,
    but as I grow older I profit by them and look forward.

    Another motto I had and which is the last one I will mention
    was this 'To cultivate kindness is a great part of the business of life.
    " If we always showed kindness to everyone we should always be happy.
    The best way to overcome evil is to do good
    and to be kind to all about us. If we try to do that everybody
    will love us.

    Keep a motto for each year and see how helpful it will be.
    I am sure a motto has helped me greatly.

  30. How To Be Happy This New Year
    Poet: Unknown

    To leave the old with a burst of song
    To recall the rights and forgive the wrong;
    To forgive 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 non-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.

New Years Poems by Famous Poets:
  1. In An Open Place   by Douglas Malloch

  2. Temperance    by Maria J Dodge

  3. Lord, Make a Regular Man    by Edgar A. Guest

  4. The Old Year And The New by John Imrie

  5. Lines To The Old Year   by Lillian E. Curtis

  6. New Year   by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

  7. The New Year - The Old Year   by Caleb Davis Bradlee

  8. Resolve   by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

  9. The New Year    by Daniel C. Colesworthy

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We hope these new year's poems encourage you to look forward to the upcoming year. Some people hate to see a year end while others can't wait until it is over. With each coming new year, it is always a good idea to reflect on our attitudes and our goals. Are we projecting a positive attitude and do our actions translate into achieving our goals. Each year is a time for a fresh start, for a new beginning, we hope yours is a positive one!

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