Passing of Year


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The glass is filled, pipe is lit,
 den is all a cosy glow;
And snug before the fire I sit,
And wait to feel the old year go.
I dedicate to solemn thought
Amid my too-unthinking days,
This sober moment, sadly fraught
With much of blame, with little praise.

 

Old Year! upon the Stage of Time
You stand to bow your last adieu
A moment, and the prompter’s chime
Will ring the curtain down on you.
Your mien is sad, your step is slow;
You falter as a Sage in pain
Yet turn, Old Year, before you go,
And face your audience again.

 

That sphinx-like face, remote, austere,
Let us all read, whate’er the cost:
O Maiden! why that bitter tear?
Is it for dear one you have lost?

*ROBERT SERVICE

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