Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, THE OLD TIMES WERE THE BEST, by JAMES WHITCOMB RILEY



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THE OLD TIMES WERE THE BEST, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Friends, my heart is half aweary
Last Line: That the old times were the best.
Alternate Author Name(s): Johnson Of Boone, Benj. F.
Subject(s): Happiness; Nostalgia; Time; Joy; Delight


Friends, my heart is half aweary
Of its happiness to-night:
Though your songs are gay and cheery,
And your spirits feather-light,
There's a ghostly music haunting
Still the heart of every guest
And a voiceless chorus chanting
That the Old Times were the best.


CHORUS

All about is bright and pleasant
With the sound of song and jest,
Yet a feeling's ever present
That the Old Times were the best.







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