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The Toast
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Virna Sheard


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A toast to thee, 0 dear old year,
  While the last moments fly,
A toast to thy sweet memory—
  We'll lift the glasses high,
And bid to thee a fond farewell
  As thou art passing by!

A toast to those who reaped success
  In this good year of grace;
A toast to every one of them—
  Come! Give the victors place!
Come, wish them well with right good will—
  The winners in the race!

And one toast more! To those who failed
  Wherever they may be;—
With faces white they fought the fight,
  But missed the victory;
So here's to them—the ones who strove—
  On land and on the sea!

Fair dreams to thee, 0 grey old year,
  Thy working time is done,
And gone for thee the silver moon,
  And golden noon-day sun;
Yet sad old year—and glad old year—
  We'll know no better one.

 

This poem is in the public domain.

 

 


Virna Sheard (1862 - 1943) was a Canadian poet and novelist. She often used nature as a theme for her work.

 

 

 

 


Post New Comment:
Jean Colonomos:
Just counting the hours...
Posted 12/30/2020 07:35 PM
jayne:
There are 5 other Virna Sheard poems in the YDP archives. Check them out!
Posted 12/30/2020 03:48 PM
Teresa:
Excellent! Excellent! Probably describes the way we all feel about 2020......we made it!! Despite Fire, Famine, Pestilence/Pandemic, Social disharmony, hardship, and economic turmoil. Less than 24 hrs to go, hopefully, 2021 is an improvement on 2020. Best Wishes to Everyone, and Good Luck for the New Year
Posted 12/30/2020 03:23 PM
Anastasia:
I've been telling everyone that I'm bidding a not-so-fond farewell to 2020. 38 hours and counting! Thank you for letting us know about Virna Sheard, Jayne! It's always wonderful to discover new poets of any century.
Posted 12/30/2020 01:04 PM
Mama Goose:
A calming poem. We shared a common threat in 2020 that brought us together and probably kept us for tearing each other to shreds over a highly divided political atmosphere. Many heroes evolved in natural and man-made disasters. Marilyn H.Giese
Posted 12/30/2020 11:44 AM
KevinArnold:
Jayne, thanks for introducing me to Virna Sheard. I?d not heard of her.
Posted 12/30/2020 09:49 AM
Larry Schug:
Yeah, not sure everyone will feel the same about 2020.
Posted 12/30/2020 09:41 AM
michael escoubas:
What I like about this poem is its truth. Every year has its share of suffering . . . but suffering usually leads to growth and needful change. The "needful change" part resonates with me. I toast this "sad old year" for what we've learned and a pathway forward.
Posted 12/30/2020 08:59 AM
mail@schoolbusmart.com:
A great poem with a misbegotten last line. Randy actually a poem for a misbegotten year. LOL
Posted 12/30/2020 08:25 AM


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