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THE LIGHT OF OTHER DAYS, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Oft in the stilly night
Last Line: Of other days around me.
Alternate Author Name(s): Little, Thomas
Variant Title(s): Scotch Air
Subject(s): Friendship; Grief; Life Change Events; Memory; Poetry & Poets; Sorrow; Sadness


Oft in the stilly night,
Ere slumber's chain has bound me,
Fond Memory brings the light
Of other days around me:
The smiles, the tears,
Of boyhood's years,
The words of love then spoken;
The eyes that shone,
Now dimmed and gone,
The cheerful hearts now broken.
Thus in the stilly night,
Ere slumber's chain has bound me,
Sad Memory brings the light
Of other days around me.

When I remember all
The friends so linked together
I've seen around me fall,
Like leaves in wintry weather,
I feel like one
Who treads alone
Some banquet-hall deserted,
Whose lights are fled,
Whose garlands dead,
And all but he departed.
Thus in the stilly night,
Ere slumber's chain has bound me,
Sad Memory brings the light
Of other days around me.




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