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Poem by Thomas Hood


Reflections on a New Years Day


Yes, yes, its very true, and very clear!
By way of compliment and common chat,
Its very well to wish me a New Year;
But wish me a new hat!

Although not spent in luxury and ease,
In course a longer life I wont refuse;
But while youre wishing, wish me, if you please,
A newer pair of shoes!

Nay, while new things and wishes are afloat,
I own to one that I should not rebut 
Instead of this old rent, to have a coat
With more of the New Cut!

O yes, tis very pleasant, though Im poor,
To hear the steeple make that merry din;
Except I wish one bell was at the door,
To ring new trousers in.

To be alive is very nice indeed,
Although another year at last departs;
Only with twelve new months I rather need
A dozen of new shirts.

Yes, yes, its very true, and very clear!
By way of compliment and common chat,
Its very well to wish me a New Year,
But wish me a new hat!



Thomas Hood


Thomas Hood's other poems:
  1. The Boy at the Nore
  2. Stanzas (Is there a bitter pang for love removed)
  3. The Two Peacocks of Bedfont
  4. Sonnet for the 14th of February
  5. Written in Keats' Endymion


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