The Old Familiar Faces (1798)

Where are they gone, the old familiar faces?
I had a Mother; but she died, and left me!
Died prematurely, in a day of horrors!
All, all, are gone, the old familiar faces!

I have had Playmates, I have had Companions,
In my days of childhood! in my joyful school-days!
All, all, are gone, the old familiar faces!

I nave been laughing, I have been carousing,
Drinking late, sitting late, with my bosom Cronies!
All, all, are gone, the old familiar faces!

I loved a Love once, fairest among women!
Closed are her doors on me! I must not see her!
All, all, are gone, the old familiar faces!

I have a Friend, a kinder friend has no man!
Like an ingrate, I left my Friend abruptly!
Left him, to muse on the old familiar faces!

Ghost-like, I paced round the haunts of my childhood.
Earth seemed a desert I was bound to traverse,
Seeking to find the old familiar faces.

Friend of my bosom! thou more than a brother!
Why wert not thou born in my father's dwelling?
So might we talk of the old familiar faces.

For some, they have died; and some, they have left me!
And some are taken from me! All are departed!
All, all, are gone, the old familiar faces!