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A Song For New Year's Eve
(November 3, 1794 – June 12, 1878 / Boston)

A Song For New Year's Eve

Poem By William Cullen Bryant

Stay yet, my friends, a moment stay—
Stay till the good old year,
So long companion of our way,
Shakes hands, and leaves us here.
Oh stay, oh stay,
One little hour, and then away.

The year, whose hopes were high and strong,
Has now no hopes to wake;
Yet one hour more of jest and song
For his familiar sake.
Oh stay, oh stay,
One mirthful hour, and then away.

The kindly year, his liberal hands
Have lavished all his store.
And shall we turn from where he stands,
Because he gives no more?
Oh stay, oh stay,
One grateful hour, and then away.

Days brightly came and calmly went,
While yet he was our guest;
How cheerfully the week was spent!
How sweet the seventh day's rest!
Oh stay, oh stay,
One golden hour, and then away.

Dear friends were with us, some who sleep
Beneath the coffin-lid:
What pleasant memories we keep
Of all they said and did!
Oh stay, oh stay,
One tender hour, and then away.

Even while we sing, he smiles his last,
And leaves our sphere behind.
The good old year is with the past;
Oh be the new as kind!
Oh stay, oh stay,
One parting strain, and then away.

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'Stay yet, my friends, a moment stay— ' yes I'll stay for a drink and then away, I like the spirit of this poem, 'The kindly year, his liberal hands Have lavished all his store. And shall we turn from where he stands, Because he gives no more? Oh stay, oh stay, One grateful hour, and then away.' ok staying for another drink or two, then must walk home in case driving we meet the boys in blue; I would like to say it is more fun falling off a wagon than a horse, but I never fell off a wagon and bailing from a horse I thought wise after losing the stirrips on a station who outsized me, slowing for the corner was time to roll; 'The good old year is with the past; Oh be the new as kind! Oh stay, oh stay, One parting strain, and then away.' yes still staying, I was always a sucker for a good song; hope everyone had as much fun after reading this as I did and To All A Good Year
Goodbye 2016..... hello 2017! ! ! ! ! Happy new year to all++++++++++++++
.....a nice song for New Years ★
time moves on and all we are left with is memories of what we have done.
We bid farewell to each year as it passes away into history- -we really should say goodbye to it in meaningful ways for it had meaning even in moments that passed by us unnoticed


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