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    AT BAY ST. LOUIS.   Table of Contents     THE UNKNOWN LIFE OF JESUS
  --  CHRIST.

Dunbar-Nelson, Alice
Violets and Other Tales

- NEW YEAR'S DAY

NEW YEAR'S DAY



The poor old year died hard; for all the
earth lay cold
And bare beneath the wintry sky;
While grey clouds scurried madly to the
west,
And hid the chill young moon from
mortal sight.
Deep, dying groans the aged year
breathed forth,
In soughing winds that wailed a requiem sad
In dull crescendo through the mournful
air.

The new year now is welcomed noisily
With din and song and shout and
clanging bell,
And all the glare and blare of fiery fun.
Sing high the welcome to the New Year's
morn!
Le roi est mort. Vive, vive le roi! cry out,
And hail the new-born king of coming
days.

Alas! the day is spend and eve draws
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nigh;
The king's first subject dies--for
naught,
And wasted moments by the hundred
score
Of past years rise like specters grim
To warn, that these days may not idly
glide away.
Oh, New Year, youth of promise fair!
What dost thou hold for me? An
aching heart?
Or eyes burnt blind by unshed tears?
Or stabs,
More keen because unseen?
Nay, nay, dear youth, I've had surfeit
Of sorrow's feast. The monarch dead
Did rule me with an iron hand. Be
thou a friend,
A tender, loving king--and let me
know
The ripe, full sweetness of a happy year.
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    AT BAY ST. LOUIS.   Table of Contents     THE UNKNOWN LIFE OF JESUS
  --  CHRIST.