The Old Year And The New

One year ends another begins. John Imrie describes feelings we have as one year finishes and we look forward to the New Year. We say goodbye to a year gone by, some of us are happy to see the year end, and others are sad to see another year gone. John talks about the seasons and how they come and go, with happiness and sorrow. And with the new year coming we always hope that we have become wiser by learning from past lessons. To summarize John Imrie's poem there is hope in a New Year, hope for a good year! Be inspired by his words!

The Old Year And The New
by John Imrie

Listen to the midnight bell,
Tolling out the old year's knell,
O'er our hearts there comes a spell
Such as when we say — ''Farewell!"
As we ponder o'er the past.
Eyes are dim and overcast,
Silent falls full many a tear
As we part with thee — Old Year!

Seasons come and seasons go,
Summer's flowers and Winter's snow,
Like the ocean's ebb and flow, —
Joy and pain, and weal and woe!
Birthday greetings — glad and gay-
Wedded hearts were linked for aye,
Not a churchyard but a mound
Tells what reaper Death has found.

Yet we welcome thee, New Year,
And approach thee without fear,
Though we know not what may be
Portion'd out for us in thee;
Let us hope, and watch, and pray,
Growing wiser day by day;
Learning lessons from the past,
As this year may be our last!

Though the Old Year now must go,
Shrouded in a sheet of snow!
May the snow an emblem be
Of the New Year's purity!
As our footsteps in the snow
Show the path we wish to go,
May each day our record be —
Coming nearer, God, to Thee!

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