The Old Year and the New, by John Godfrey Saxe

The Old Year and the New

Goodbye, Old Year!--I can but say,
Sadly I see thee passing away;
Passing away with the hopes and fears,
The bliss and pain, the smiles and tears,
That come to us all in all the years.   Good by, Old Year!--Little indeed
Thy friendly voice we were wont to heed,
Telling us, warning us every day: --
"Transient mortals! Work and pray;
You, like me, are passing away!"   Goodbye, Old Year!--Whatever may be
The sins and stains thou hast chanced to see,
Consider, O Year! To purge the same,
And wash away the sin and shame,
Whilst thou wert passing, CHRISTMAS came!   Goodbye, Old Year!--With words of grace
Leave us to him who takes thy place;
And say, Old Year, unto the New,
"Kindly, carefully, carry them through,
For much, I ween, they have yet to do!" - John Godfrey Saxe

John Godfrey Saxe