Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Where Is Now The Merry Party?

Hogmanay. There is a sense of sadness in the air as evening falls, and the hours of the old year slip away. Memories of times long gone conjure up a strange yearning.
"Where is now the merry party?" my Granny used to say on evenings such as this; the words from a song her daddy used to recite in their room and kitchen in Neptune Street.

Courtesy of the www. I find it now: 

Where is now the merry party I remember long ago?
Laughing round the Christmas fires, brightened by the ruddy glow. 
Or in summer's balmy evenings, in the field upon the hay?
They have all dispersed and wandered, far away, far away.

Some have gone to lands far distant and with strangers made their home.
Some upon the world of waters, all their lives are forced to roam;
Some are gone from us forever, longer here they might not stay:
They have reached a fairer region, far away, far away.

There are still some few remaining, who remind us of the past, 
But they change as all things change here, nothing in this world can last:
Years roll on and pass forever, what is coming, who can say?
Ere this closes, many may be far away, far away.
Miss M. Lindsay 1909

And on that melancholy note, may I wish all Govanites, those still few who remain and those now far away, a guid new year, 2014. 

2 comments:

Ellen said...

Happy new year to you too! Loved the poem. Feeling a wee bit nostalgic.

sandra PA said...

These beautiful lyrics bring back warm memories of New Years long past. Wishing you and yours a very Happy and Healthy 2014