Ring Out Wild Bells by Alfred Tennyson

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Ring out the old, ring in the new,
Ring, happy bells, across the snow;
The year is going, let him go;
Ring out the false, ring in the true.

Ring out, wild bells, to the wild sky,
The flying cloud, the frosty light:
The year is dying in the night;
Ring out, wild bells, and let him die.

Ring out the grief that saps the mind,
For those that here we see no more;
Ring out the feud of rich and poor,
Ring in redress to all mankind.

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Ring out false pride in place and blood,
The civic slander and the spite;
Ring in the love of truth and right,
Ring in the common love of good.

Ring out a slowly dying cause,
And ancient forms of party strife,
Ring in the nobler modes of life,
With sweet manners, purer laws.

Ring out old shapes of foul disease;
Ring out the narrowing lust of gold;
Ring out the thousand wars of old,
Ring in the thousand years of peace.

Ring in the valiant man and free,
The larger heart, the kindlier hand;
Ring out the darkness of the land,
Ring in the Christ that is to be.

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***“Ring Out, Wild Bells” is a poem by Alfred, Lord Tennyson. Published in 1850, the year he was appointed Poet Laureate, it forms part of In Memoriam, Tennyson’s elegy to Arthur Henry Hallam, his sister’s fiancé who died at the age of twenty-two. Wikipedia

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8 Comments Add yours

  1. notdonner says:

    Tennyson – this is so fitting for my year’s end and for the hopes for next year!

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    1. I’m so happy to give you even more inspiration! Have a great 2019!

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  2. Annika Perry says:

    Beautiful poem for the last day of the year. Wishing you much joy, laughter and peace in the New Year, Adrienne! A delight to read your posts and ‘chat’. Hugs xx

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    1. you are pretty delightful yourself! Hugs back!!

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  3. Beautiful! Wishing you and your family peace and joy in the new year, Adrienne!

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    1. Thank you, Pat! Happy New Year!

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