How tender the ties that thus bind,
When years have flown fast since we parted,
When the past is again brought to mind.
How we love to tell over the stories
Of happenings__long in the past,
And drift once again back to childhood
But the parting must come at the last.
Goodbye! Can we say it at parting?
How it brings the sad tears to our eyes,
How we try to choke down our emotions,
How the thoughts from our bosoms arise,
And we fain would steal off without trying
But write the fond words we would say,
For the tenderest ties of a lifetime
Are once again broken today.
(Madison, Wis: The American Thresherman. 1901)