Happy New Year To Everyone!

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    The Old Year
    John Clare

    The Old Year's gone away
    To nothingness and night:
    We cannot find him all the day
    Nor hear him in the night:
    He left no footstep, mark or place
    In either shade or sun:
    The last year he'd a neighbour's face,
    In this he's known as none.

    All nothing everywhere:
    Mists we on mornings see
    Have more substance when they're here
    And more of form than he.
    He was a friend by every fire,
    In every cot and hall –
    A guest to every heart's desire,
    And now he's nought at all.

    Old papers thrown away,
    Old garments cast aside,
    The talk of yesterday,
    All things identified;
    But times once torn away
    No voices can recall:
    The eve of New Year's Day
    Left the Old Year lost to all.

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