My deep resolve, this New Year's Day,
As written on a page of life,
Will be with honest heart to pray
The world be cleansed of hate and strife.
Nor shall my resolution end
In empty phrases as the air –
The stranger shall become my friend,
Not less in deed than in prayer.
There shall be neither east nor west,
Nor mountain range, nor ocean tide,
Where there is hunger in the breast
For that which my hands may provide.
To human need I pledge my part
This New Year's Day in loyal past –
Lord, may the motive of my heart
Find no betrayal in the act.