Poetry of Kansas

The Old and the New

January 1, 1906
Oh. what shall I speak of the old.
And what of the new shall I say?___
Of the dear old world whose days are told,
And the new that smiles today?
To the old a sad farewell.
To the new a greeting true;
While the old year's grim and solemn knell
Makes a happy chime for the new.
To the old, "Good night " and a tear,
And a fair "Good morn", to the new;
For with grief we leave the dead old year,
While the new with joy we view.
To the old the grave and a sigh,
To the new health, love and mirth;
For though with the years our old hopes die.
New hopes, as dear, have birth.
So we greet the new with zest,
Whether sad were the old, or glad;
For we'll make this year the very best
That ever yet we have had.

Quillings In Verse
John Edward Everett
(Smith Center: ___. 1912)
Page 72

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