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Yet, tho' I spared thee all the spring,

Thy sole delight is, sitting still,

With that cold dagger of thy bill

To fret the summer jenneting.

A golden bill ! the silver tongue,

Cold February loved, is dry :
Plenty corrupts the melody

That made thee famous once, when young:

And in the sultry garden-squares,

Now thy Aute-notes are changed to coarse,

I hear thee not at all, or hoarse

As when a hawker hawks his wares.

Take warning! he that will not sing

While yon sun prospers in the blue,

Shall sing for want, ere leaves are new, Caught in the frozen palms of Spring.

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ULL knee-deep lies the winter snow,

And the winter winds are wearily

Toll ye the church-bell sad and slow,
And tread softly and speak low,
For the old year lies a-dying.

Old year, you must not die;

You came to us so readily,

You lived with us so steadily,

Old year, you shall not die.

He lieth still: he doth not move :

He will not see the dawn of day.

He hath no other life above.

He gave me a friend, and a true true-love,

And the New-year will take 'em away.

Old year, you must not go;
So long as you have been with us,
Such joy as you have seen with us,
Old year, you shall not go.

He froth'd his bumpers to the brim ;
A jollier year we shall not see.
But tho' his eyes are waxing dim,
And tho' his foes speak ill of him,

He was a friend to me.

Old year, you shall not die ;

We did so laugh and cry with you,

I've half a mind to die with you,

Old year, if you must die

He was full of joke and jest,
But all his merry quips are o'er.

To see him die, across the waste

His son and heir doth ride post-haste,

But he'll be dead before.

Every one for his own.

The night is starry and cold, my friend,

And the New-year blithe and bold, my friend,

Comes up to take his own.

How hard he breathes ! over the snow

I heard just now the crowing cock.

The shadows ficker to and fro:

The cricket chirps: the light burns low :

'Tis nearly twelve o'clock.

Shake hands, before you die.

Old year, we'll dearly rue for you :

What is it we can do for you?

Speak out before



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There's a new foot on the floor, my friend,
And a new face at the door, my friend,

A new face at the door.

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