Ring out the old

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 kindler hand;

ring out the darkness of the land,

ring in the Christ that is to be.

 

Alfred Lord Tennyson

 

despite the reference to Christ a at the end, I thought this poem a perfect reading for the new year. Happy New Years everyone.

One thought on “Ring out the old

  1. You’re not crazy, it’s a tremendous feat that you do. To explain the darkness that gets us here and also show the light of truth that can be found when you look…

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