We’ll Write a New Idyll This Year

“The old order changeth, yielding place to new,
And God fulfils himself in many ways”
-Idylls of the King, “The Passing of Arthur,” 8-9

Janus faces both ways, and so do we
A last, lingering look at the year that was
And then a turn to the year we must meet
Marching to it through Janus Pater’s doors

We will most remember about the past
Our friends whose pilgrimages came to their ends
We joy in the remembrance of their happiness
Their stories and songs, their unfailing kindness

Janus faces both ways, and so do we;
But now our friends, our happy friends, they see


“And the new sun rose bringing the new year”
Idylls, “The Passing of Arthur,” 469

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