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A Farewell - Poem by Alfred Austin

Good-bye, old year, good-bye!
Gentle you were to many as to me,
And so we, meditating, sigh,
Since what hath been will be,
That you must die.
Hark! In the crumbling grey church tower,
Tolls the recording bell
The deeply-sounding solemnising knell
For your last hour.

How quietly you die!
No canonisëd Saint
E'er put life by
With less of struggle or complaint.
You seem to feel nor grief nor pain,
No retrospection vain,
As if, departing, you would have us know
It is not hard to go,
Since pang is none, but only peace, in Death,
And Life it is that suffereth.

Closer and clearer comes the last slow knell,
And on my lip for you awaits
That final formula of Fate's,
The low, lamenting, lingering word, Farewell!
For you the curved-backed sexton need not stir
The mould, for there is nothing to inter,
No worn integument to doff,
No bodily corruption to put off;
Begotten of the earth and sun,
And ending spirit-wise as you begun,
You pass, a mere memento of the mind,
Leaving no lees behind.

Hark! What is that we hear?
A quick-jerked, jocund peal,
Making the fretted church tower reel,
Telling the wakeful of a young New Year,
Young, but of lusty birth,
To face the masked vicissitudes of earth.

Let us, then, look not back,
Though smooth and partial was the track
Of the receding Past,
But through the vista vast
Of unknown Future wend intrepid way,
Framed to contend and cope
With perils new by vanished yesterday,
Whose last bequests to Man are Love, and
Faith, and Hope.


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Poems About Farewell

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  3. 53. Farewell To The Muse , George Gordon Byron
  4. 54. Farewell! If Ever Fondest Prayer , George Gordon Byron
  5. 55. Farewell To Malta , George Gordon Byron
  6. 56. A Farewell To Youth , Alfred Austin
  7. 57. Farewell , Augusta Davies Webster
  8. 58. A Last Farewell , Alison Cassidy
  9. 59. Farewell, Life! My Senses Swim , Thomas Hood
  10. 60. Farewell Frost, Or Welcome Spring , Robert Herrick
  11. 61. Farewell To The Muse , Sir Walter Scott
  12. 62. Fragment Of A Sonnet. Farewell To North .. , Percy Bysshe Shelley
  13. 63. Farewell My Love , Alison Cassidy
  14. 64. A Farewell , Dr subhendu kar
  15. 65. The Farewell , Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  16. 66. Farewell Harry Patch (The Last Surviving.. , ANDREW BLAKEMORE
  17. 67. (01) A Farewell To My School , Lubna S. Khan
  18. 68. Farewell , Jazlle D. H.
  19. 69. The Farewell , John Greenleaf Whittier
  20. 70. His Mistress To Him At His Farewell , Robert Herrick
  21. 71. Father, Farewell! Be Not Distressed , Alfred Austin
  22. 72. Farewell To Arcady , Paul Laurence Dunbar
  23. 73. Sonnet Xix: Farewell, Ye Coral Caves , Mary Darby Robinson
  24. 74. Farewell To Verse , Robert William Service
  25. 75. The Fairies Farewell , Richard Corbet
  26. 76. Farewell To J. R. Lowell , Oliver Wendell Holmes
  27. 77. Corydon's Farewell To Phillis , Anonymous Olde English
  28. 78. The Outcast's Farewell , Robert Fuller Murray
  29. 79. Farewell Address At The Argyle Hall , William Topaz McGonagall
  30. 80. Farewell My Love... , (brief renderings) Joe Fazio
  31. 81. Mexico Farewell , Frank V. Gardner
  32. 82. Sonnet Xxix: Farewell, Ye Tow'Ring Cedars , Mary Darby Robinson
  33. 83. Farewell, Dear Teacher , sania harris
  34. 84. Farewell To Brother Jonathan , Anonymous Americas
  35. 85. .. Farewell , Frederick Kesner
  36. 86. Farewell To Your Friendship , Jennifer Rondeau
  37. 87. A Farewell To Arms (To Queen Elizabeth) , George Peele
  38. 88. - Farewell - , Dmitriy Kokarev
  39. 89. Farewell 2008 , C. P. Sharma
  40. 90. The Author's Farewell To The Bushmen , Henry Lawson
  41. 91. A Farewell To The World , Benjamin Jonson
  42. 92. * A Farewell , Deva De Silva
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  45. 95. We Never Said Farewell , Mary Elizabeth Coleridge
  46. 96. Farewell , joana bluementhal
  47. 97. The Farewell , Ella Wheeler Wilcox
  48. 98. Farewell , Kranthi Pothineni
  49. 99. Farewell, My Friends, Adieu , Verona Valentine
  50. 100. Farewell My Love , Ailei ...
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