The New Year Dawns

The New Year dawns—the sun shines strong and clear;
And all the world rejoices and is gay;
The city-loving birds from spray to spray
Flit busily and twitter in my ear
Their little frozen note of wintry cheer:
From ruddy children with the snow at play
Ring peals of laughter gladder than in May,
While friend greets friend, with “Happy be thy Year!”

So would I joy, if Thou wert by my side—
So would I laugh, if Thou couldst laugh with me—
But, left alone, in Darkness I abide,
Mocked by a Day that shines no more on thee:
From this too merry world my heart I hide—
My New Year dawns not till thy face I see.
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