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New Zealand Minstrelsy

Langsyne Anticipated

“New Zealand Minstrelsy”: Appendix, page xvii.

Langsyne Anticipated.

Addressed to Mr. A. S.
TuneAuld Langsyne.”

May friendship ever be revered,
When hearts to each incline,
’Twill pleasure give to future days,
To think on auld langsyne.

This heart shall beat to friendship’s tune,
Though cease to beat should thine,
Remembrance still shall cheer my soul,
To think on auld langsyne.

When worn with toil, and bent with age,
We weary must recline,
May we with pleasure then review
The days of auld langsyne.

A hapless wretch he is indeed
Who friendless must repine,
And ne’er can cast a pleasing thought
On days of auld langsyne.

When seas, wide rolling, ’tween us roar—
Though fortune cease to shine,
I’ll happy be to think of joys,
And friends of auld langsyne.

page xviii“New Zealand Minstrelsy”: Appendix, page xviii.

But should we ever meet again,
Then hand in hand we’ll join,
And welcome to each throb’ing breast,
The friend of auld langsyne.