Thursday, January 1, 2009

Ring Out Wild Bells

Can any of us say it better than this?


Ring Out, Wild Bells
Alfred Lord Tennyson


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 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 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.


Ring out a slowly-dying cause,

And ancient forms of party strife;

Ring in the nobler modes of life,

With sweeter manners, purer laws.


Ring out the want, the care, the sin,

The faithless coldness of the times;

Ring out, ring out my mournful rhymes,

But ring the fuller minstrel in.


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 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.

4 comments:

Janet, said...

Not I. That just about says it all.

Deborah Wilson said...

Not me either!

Sue, I hope that you and yours had a Good New Years Day - we did. I ate too much. lol

Carol said...

I enjoyed the poem so much, that I sent a copy to my sons and grandchildren. An excellent guide to live by. Thanks.

Granny Sue said...

I was surprised that I had never read this poem before. The title was familiar but I did not recall the poem. It spoke strongly to me--maybe it's because his words have so much meaning this year with our political and economic changes?

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