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Old year, you must not go;
Old year, you shall not go.
A jolliër year we shall not see.
Old year, you shall not die ;
Old year, if you must die.
But all his měrry quips are ö’er.
Every one for his own.
Comes up to take his own.
I heard just now the crowing cock.
Shake hands before you die!
Speak out before you die.
Alack! our friend is gone.
And waitèth at the door.
187. THE CLOSING SCENE. TTTITHIN this sober realm of leaflèss trees,
The russet year inhaled the dreamy air, Like some tanned reaper in his hour of ease,
When all the fields are lying brown and bare. 2. The gray barns looking from their hazy hills
O’er the dim waters widening in the vales, Sent down the air a greeting to the mills,
On the dull thunder of alternate flails. · 3. All sights were mellowed and all sounds subdued,
The hill's seemed further and the streams sang 18w; As in a dream the distant woodman hewed
His winter log with many a muffled blow. 4. The embattled forests, erewhile armed in gold,
Their banners bright with every martial hue, Now stood, like some sad beated host of old,
Withdrawn afar in Time's remotest blue. 5. On slumberous wings the vulture tried his flight;
The dove scarce heard his sighing mate’s complaint; And, like a star slow drowning in the light,
The village church-vane seemed to pale and faint. 6. The sentinel cock upon the hill-side crew,
Crew thrice, and all was stiller than before, Silent till some replying wanderer blew
His alien horn, and then was heard no more. 7. Where erst the jay within the elm's tall crest
Made garrulous trouble round the unfledged young : And where the oriole hung her swaying nest
By every light wind like a censer swung ; 8. Where sang the noisy masons of the eaves,
The busy swallows circling ever near, Foreboding, as the rustic mind believes,
An early harvest and a plenteous year; 9. Where every bird which charmed the vernal feast
Shook the sweet slumber from its wings at morn, To warn the reapers of the rosy east,
All now was sõngless, empty, and forlorn.
19. Alone, from out the stubble piped the quail,
And croaked the crow through all the dreamy gloom; Alone the pheasant, drumming in the vale,
Made echo to the distant cottage loom. 11. There was no bud, no bloom upon the bowers ;
The spiders wove their thin shrouds night by night; The thistle-down, the only ghost of flowers,
Sailed slowly by-passed noiseless out of sight. 12. Amid all this, in this most cheerless air,
And where the woodbine sheds upon the porch
Firing the floor with his inverted torch13. Amid all this, the center of the scene,
The white-haired mātron, with monotonous tread,
Sat like a Fate, and watched the flying thread. 14. She had known sõrrow. He had walked with her,
Oft supped, and broke with her the ashen crust;
Of his black mantle trailing in the dust.
Her country summoned, and she gave her all ;
Regave the swords to rust upon her wall.
And struck for liberty the dying blow;
Fell, mid the ranks of the invading foe.
Like the low murmur of a hive at noon;
Breathed through her lips a sad and tremulous tune. 18. At last the thread was snapped,-her head was bowed :
Life drooped the distaff through his hands serene ; And loving neighbors smoothed her careful shroud,While Death and Winter closed the autumn scene.
THOMAS BUCHANAN READ
Thc figures refer to the pages where the words are to be found.
Andromeda, 244. | Associated, 286. Beverage, 181.
Anemone, 60. | Assuage, 252. Bevy, 62.
Animation, 213. Asylum, 75. Bier, 253.
Athwart, 160. Bilious, 218.
Anticipated, 136. Attribute, 280. Blandishments, 234
Auriferous, 291. Blithe, 69.
Bonaparte, N., 220.
Ballad, 331. Borough, 374.
Architect, 75. Ballets, 217. Bouquet, 225.
Banana, 59. Braddock, E., 881.
Baneful, 165, 275. Brawl, 63,
Baronet, 314. Breakwater, 339.
Bassanio, 402. Brisson, 203.
Asiatic, 217. Bellows, 165. Burghers, 299.
Bustard, 97. | Classics, 315. | Copernicus, 205. | Descants, 165.
Coquetting, 303. Desecration, 86.
Cordial, 314. Despot, 267.
Collision, 195. Cortona, 73. Detraction, 204.
Complexion, 314. Covetousness, 85. Diligence, 70.
Conception, 350. Cruelty, 403. Dispelled, 71.
Concourse, 101. Culture, 265. Dispiteous, 340.
Curiosity, 92. Divorced, 415.
Conscript, 373. Debauchee, 149. Dromedary, 128.
Constancy, 110, 155 | Deceased, 273. Dubious, 164.
Consort, 267.' Delectable, 258.
Consul, 122. Deliberation, 138. Eclat, 380.
Consummation, 372. Demolition, 167. Economical, 208
Demonstrat'ns, 125. Eddying, 249.
Contumely, 119. Demurely, 303. - Effacé, 104.
Depletion, 170, Effulgent, 328