At the Entering of the New Year
by Thomas Hardy
I (Old Style)
Our songs went up and out the chimney,
And roused the home-gone husbandmen;
Our allemands, our heys, poussettings,
Our hands-across and back again,
Sent rhythmic throbbings through the casements
On to the white highway,
Where nighted farers paused and muttered,
“Keep it up well, do they!”
The contrabasso’s measured booming
Sped at each bar to the parish bounds,
To shepherds at their midnight lambings,
To stealthy poachers on their rounds;
And everybody caught full duly
The notes of our delight,
As Time unrobed the Youth of Promise
Hailed by our sanguine sight.
II (New Style)
We stand in the dusk of a pine-tree limb,
As if to give ear to the muffled peal,
Brought or withheld at the breeze’s whim;
But our truest heed is to words that steal
From the mantled ghost that looms in the gray,
And seems, so far as our sense can see,
To feature bereaved Humanity,
As it sighs to the imminent year its say:—
“O stay without, O stay without,
Calm comely Youth, untasked, untired;
Though stars irradiate thee about
Thy entrance here is undesired.
Open the gate not, mystic one;
Must we avow what we would close confine?
With thee, good friend, we would have converse none,
Albeit the fault may not be thine.”
Happy New Year to all my friends.
For more reflections on this first day of the new year, please trip on over to Sweet Home and Garden Chicago, where Garden Bloggers’ Muse Day is sponsored by the lovely Carolyn Gail.
Dee, Thanks for sharing those poems with us. I love the pinecone picture!
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Oh, I’m glad you liked it.~~Dee
I recently spent time in OK for work. Wow, do y’all have good roses!
What a great blog. Email me when you come back east-I’m in Charleston. We have roses too!
I would love to come to Charleston. When I do, I will call you. Would love to see your roses too.~~Dee
Happy New Year.
I love the pines….
I can almost smell these.
Looking forward to 2009 and getting to know you and your gardens.
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Thank you and Happy New Year to you too.~~Dee
I dont as a rule like conifers or pines – they bring me out in a rash but your photos are very appealing.
Hi Helen, I understand. Cedars bother me terribly. Hate ’em. Happy New Year.~~Dee
Happy New Year, Dee. What gorgeous pines and a wonderful selection for Muse Day.
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Thanks, Carolyn Gail. Hope your new year is a happy one.~~Dee
Lisa at Greenbow
These photos and verse make me miss my pine trees so much. We don’t even think we can replant them because the pine bark beetles are at work in this region. WHINE… Lovely post I didn’t mean to spill whine all over it.
Hey Dee; Love the photos the one with the statue in the pines is so beautiful.
Hope you have a Blessed New Year.
Hi Alauar, I hope yours is blessed too. Thank you.~~Dee
Happy New Year Dee…nice photo of the pines and water girl. gail
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Carol, May Dreams Gardens
As we enter the new year… I wish for you nothing but good things!
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Happy new year, Dee. May 2009 bloom well for you.
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