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Monthly Repository, For 1836.
MONTHLY REPOSITORY , FOR 1836 .
NEW YEAR .
A Happy new year to all our readers ! "Why , that is the conclusion of the Bellman ' s Christmas ditty . " Well , and be it so ; what then ? The objection is a silly one , nor shall the standing of a kindly wish at the bottom of the bellman ' s verse , hinder its standing at the top of our prose . There it is , —as homely , and not less hearty . It is a good old familiar phrase ;
and betokens a good old feeling too , which should not become unfamiliar . We care not much about family birthdays ; at least , as they are commonly celebrated . There is often something of little personality , —something selfish , conventional , and merely complimentary , in their observances ; they are made ministrations of vanity to each in rotation ; but a year ' s birthday is quite a different matter . That is a common festival , an
anniversary of universal interest , which sinks the individual in the social being . The year is born for all of us . It is a gift to gods , men , and beasts ; to all things that creep or fly ; and the sun , moon , and stars , rejoice in its nativity .
They echo the chorus of angels at that other nativity which just precedes ; for what is a week in the harmonic intervals of the music of the spheres ' ? and they respond , tc Unto us a child is born ; unto us a son is given . " How happened it in all the changes of the calendar , that the two days were not united , and the new year made to begin on Christmas-day ?
That should have been the Christian date , and the memorial of Time ' s regeneration . Or was it meant—and if not , it were well it should be meant—that the . whole intervening week should be a golden and joyous link binding its day boundaries into identity , and making one entire uiisetting * sabbath-festival ? There was something like this in heathenism ; and worse transcripts have been made from the antique mythology ! So might there have been a holiday for humanity , during which
Time could relieve guard unnoticed at the door ; and the satisfied guests would simply perceive that there was a new sentinel , with one more number on his cap , who had quietly taken his predecessor ' post , they knew not exactly when or how , while they were lapped in Klysium . It were better than the harsh transition , the jolt out of one year into another , we have now to endure , and which inflicts it shaking like that
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Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Jan. 2, 1836, page unpag, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2653/page/1/