The Year

The Year

By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

What can be said in New Year rhymes(rīm),
That’s not been said a thousand times?

The new years come, the old years go,
We know we dream, we dream we know.

We rise up laughing with the light,
We lie down weeping(ˈwēpiNG) with the night.

We hug(həɡ) the world until it stings(stiNG),
We curse(kərs) it then and sigh(sī) for wings.

We live, we love, we woo(wo͞o), we wed,
We wreathe(rēT͟H) our brides(brīd), we sheet(SHēt) our dead.

We laugh, we weep, we hope, we fear,
And that’s the burden(ˈbərdn) of the year.