The "New Year Babe" is always hailed with shouts of greatest joy,
Though no one seems to really know if it's a girl or boy.
Good Mother Earth opes wide her arms and takes the baby in
While big and little people help to raise an awful din.
And just as soon as "New Year Babe" has made its grand debut,
Then all the folks make big resolves and say what they will do
Before the Baby Year has grown old and worn with time,
When it must leave us while the bells for a new year will chime.
But all resolves are very hard to always keep in mind,
And somehow they get broken and the pieces hoary with old age,
We're glad to turn a fresh new leaf and close our last year's page.
by Winifred Sackville Stoner Jr.