31-12-15

A Song for New Year’s Eve (William Cullen Bryant)

 

Alle bezoekers en mede-bloggers een prettige jaarwisseling en een gelukkig Nieuwjaar!

 

 
Lingerzijde en de Speeltoren in Edam door Oene Romkes de Jongh, rond 1650

 

 

A Song for New Year’s Eve

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.

 

 
William Cullen Bryant (3 november 1794 – 12 juni 1878)
De kerk in Cummington, Massachusetts. William Cullen Bryant werd geboren in Cummington.

 

 

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