Julia A. Moore

The Sweet Singer of Michigan


NEW YEAR

Farewell to the old year forever,
     And all its sorrows and care
We'll bury in our hearts, and endeavor
     New troubles and trials to bear.

The old year has gone with its sadness,
     In oblivion to dwell evermore;
The new year will come with its gladness,
     To welcome the rich and the poor.

Ah, welcome the new year with pleasure,
     And welcome home friends, that is dear;
Be happy and joyful together,
     And greet each happy new year.

Some people will meet in sadness,
     For death has entered their home,
And robbed them of joy and gladness,
     And left them forsaken and lone.

Young people not meet it in sorrow,
     For their hearts are blithesome and gay,
Trouble will come with to-morrow,
     So let them be happy to- day.

Farewell to the old year forever;
     Lay its sorrows aside with a tear.
Think of the future; and endeavor
     To greet each happy new year.


Reprinted from The Sweet Singer of Michigan: Poems by Mrs. Julia A. Moore ,
ed. Walter Blair (Chicago: Pascal Covici, 1928).
Return to Julia A. Moore Home Page