Song of the Very Poor (From the Old French)

Old Year is out.

Laugh and make merry!

When you have your heart’s desire,

Turn about,

Remember the very


Who have no food or fire.

New Year is in.

Eat and be merry!

After you have drunk and fed,

Then begin

To think of the very


Who want for meat and bread.

“The New Book of Days” Eleanor Farjeon