Poesie: Two for 2020

Open wide the door, friends: The New Year is knocking.

Two poems today, both by Ella Wheeler Wilcox.

The Year (1910)

What can be said in New Year rhymes,
That’s not been said a thousand times?
The new years come, the old years go,
We know we dream, we dream we know.
We rise up laughing with the light,
We lie down weeping with the night.
We hug the world until it stings,
We curse it then and sigh for wings.
We live, we love, we woo, we wed,
We wreathe our brides, we sheet our dead.
We laugh, we weep, we hope, we fear,
And that’s the burden of the year.

~ Ella Wheeler Wilcox (1850 – 1919)


New Year: A Dialogue

“The night is cold, the hour is late, the world is bleak and drear;
Who is it knocking at my door?”

“I am Good Cheer.”

“Your voice is strange; I know you not; in shadows dark I grope.
What seek you here?”

“Friend, let me in; my name is Hope.”

“And mine is Failure; you but mock the life you seek to bless.
Pass on.”

“Nay, open wide the door; I am Success.”

“But I am ill and spent with pain; too late has come your wealth.
I cannot use it.”

“Listen, friend; I am Good Health.”

“Now, wide I fling my door. Come in, and your fair statements prove.”

“But you must open, too, your heart, for I am Love.”


~ Ella Wheeler Wilcox (1850 – 1919)

Classical Sunday: New Year’s Waltzes

Waltz, friends, under the stars, like the Austrians do at midnight!

Let’s get into the mood for Monday night.  Waltz, friends, under the stars, like the Austrians do on New Year’s Day at midnight!


A classical music selection to accompany you in the New Year.

01 STRAUSS II – Kaiser Walzer (Emperor Waltz) Op. 437 00:00
02 STRAUSS II – An der Schonen Blauen Donau (On the Beautiful Blue Danube) Op. 314 11:56
03 STRAUSS II – Schatz-Walzer (Treasure Waltz) Op. 418 23:21
04 STRAUSS II – Wein, Weib und Gesang (Wine, Women and Song) Op. 333 31:48
05 TCHAIKOVSKY – The Nutcracker: Russian Dance 37:27
06 TCHAIKOVSKY – The Nutcracker: Valzer dei Fiori 38:34
07 STRAUSS II – Tritsch-Tratsch Polka (Chit-Chat Polka) Op. 214 45:38
08 STRAUSS II – Die Fledermaus (The Bat): Ouverture 48:16
09 STRAUSS II – Éljen a Magyar! (Long Live the Magyar! Hungarian Polka) Op. 332 56:39
10 STRAUSS II – Annen Polka 59:27
11 STRAUSS II – Rosen aus dem Süden (Roses from the South) Op. 388 1:02:31
12 STRAUSS II – Leichtes Blut (Light of Heart) Op. 319 1:12:14
13 STRAUSS II – Wiener Bonbons (Vienna Sweets) Op. 307 1:14:59
14 STRAUSS II – Künstlerleben (Artist’s Life) Op. 316 1:24:28
15 STRAUSS II – Seid umschlungen, Millionen! (Be Embraced, You Millions!) Op. 443 1:34:54
16 STRAUSS II – Wiener Blut (Viennese Blood) Op. 354 1:44:58
17 STRAUSS II – Persischer Marsch (Persian March) Op. 289 1:54:14
18 STRAUSS II – Der Zigeunerbaron (The Gipsy Baron): Marsch 1:56:33
19 BIZET – Carmen: Les Toreadors 1:59:26
20 STRAUSS II – Geschichten aus dem Wienerwald (Tales from the Vienna Woods) Op. 325 2:01:32
21 STRAUSS II – Liebeslieder (Love Songs) Op. 114 2:14:22
22 STRAUSS II – Perpetuum Mobile Op. 257 2:23:57
23 VON SUPPÉ – Leichte Kavallerie (Light Cavalry): Ouverture 2:26:53
24 STRAUSS I – Radetzky March Op. 228 2:33:41

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