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NEW YEAR'S GIFT. PUBLISHED BY THOMAS BECON. A. D. 1542. A young
child is bom for our sake, a Son is given unto us; upon his
shoulder shall the kingdom lie, and he shall be called with his own
name, the wondrous giver of counsel, the mighty God, the
everlasting Father, the Prince of peace. He shall make no end to
increase the kingdom and peace. And he shall sit upon the seat of
David, and in his kingdom, to set up the same, to establish it with
equity and righteousness from henceforth for evermore. This shall
the jealousy of the Lord of hosts bring to pass.?Isaiah ix. God
hath not spared his own Son, but hath given him for us all, how
shall he not with him give us all things also.?Romans viii. To the
right worshipful Master Thomas Royden, Esquire and Justice of the
Peace, Thomas Becon wisheth long life, continual health, and
prosperous felicity. I Cannot but highly praise the honest
fashions, commendable usages, and friendly customs, which our
ancestors and elders have used heretofore, unto the good and great
example of their posterity, for the maintenance of all humanity and
gentleness. Among many others, who will not account the custom of
giving New Year's Gifts, to be so commendable and praiseworthy,
that he may seem to be utterly estranged from all civility who does
not observe it unto the uttermost of his power? For In former times
it was usual among all classes of persons to present New Year's
Gifts. Several ancient records give a particular account of the
presents made to the king and queen, and by them to the nobility,
on those occasions, about the period when Becon wrote. what else do
we mean by giving mutual gifts in the beginning of a new year, than
that we desire that all good, lucky, prosperous, and fortunate
things may that year befal...
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