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To 1915

Good-bye, Old Year, you were a teacher stern
In aim, and in your method most severe,
Yet every lesson you have made us learn
Will shape the story of the coming year;
How those first precepts of our country's youth,
Though we have heard they were an empty phrase,
Are still to many men a living truth
By which democracy must guide her ways;
You taught us, not our friends and foes alone,
But how friends hinder, and how foes may aid;
You taught us what ourselves had never known—
Our strength; you taught us not to be afraid;
But most you taught that freedom has a price,
And comes, but comes not without sacrifice.

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