You were here at his young beginning,
You are not here at his aged end;
Off he coaxed you from Life’s mad spinning,
Lest you should see his form extend
And a tear on him expend.
So it comes that we stand lonely
In the star-lit avenue,
Dropping broken lipwords only,
For we hear no songs from you,
Such as flew here
For the new year
Once, while six bells swung thereto.