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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

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