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The Spike or Victoria University College Review June 1925

New Year's Eve, 1925

New Year's Eve, 1925

There was no wind or noise at all
That night: the ordered stars were still
And brooded on the moonless earth
Unchanging as Eternal Will.

No sound—save sometimes from the bank
Of the long river came a sigh
Of restless water as it turned,
Remembering it too must die.

And when upon the unstirred air
Words flickered, fell; and in the fire
Rose, sank, and sprang again the flame—
Thin wavering emblem of desire:

As we, grave creatures of the dark,
Stretched round that hesitating gleam,
Murmured half-thoughts as fugitive
And ageless as the rapid stream.

So came the irrevocable hour:
So, to earth's forward lunge, the night
Wheeled into morning, solemn, strange—
On high the soundless stars were bright.