NEW YEAR, HERE’S A WELCOME TO THEE!
Title:New Year, Here's a Welcome to Thee
Publication:Ashton and Stalybridge Reporter
Date:Dec 31st 1864
Most newspapers which published poetry included seasonal pieces and there are very many examples of New Year poems. What is perhaps noteworthy in this one, given that it is published near the end of the Cotton Famine when it was expected the American war was soon to be resolved, is the mention in of the ‘dead’ in the second and third stanzas. There is a greater emphasis on lost loved ones here than usual, and this may be subtle reference to the social conditions of the previous few years. – SR