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The old familiar faces

Language: English

I have had playmates, I have had companions,
In my days of childhood, in my joyful school-days -- 
All, all are gone, the old familiar faces.
 
I have been laughing, I have been carousing,
Drinking late, sitting late, with my bosom cronies --
All, all are gone, the old familiar faces.
 
I loved a Love once, fairest among women:
Closed are her doors on me, I must not see her -- 
All, all are gone, the old familiar faces.
 
I have a friend, a kinder friend has no man:
Like an ingrate, I left my friend abruptly;
Left him, to muse on the old familiar faces.
 
Ghost-like I paced round the haunts of my childhood,
Earth seem'd a desert I was bound to traverse,
Seeking to find the old familiar faces.
 
Friend of my bosom, thou more than a brother,
Why wert not thou born in my father's dwelling?
So might we talk of the old familiar faces -- 
 
How some they have died, and some they have left me,
And some are taken from me; all are departed --
All, all are gone, the old familiar faces.


Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator]

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Text added to the website: 2008-09-22.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:56
Line count: 21
Word count: 183

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