Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Ring out, wild bells.......




Ring out, wild bells......

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 bell, 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 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 of 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 a thousand years of peace.

Ring in the valiant man and free,

The larger heart, the kindier hand;

Ring out the darkness in the land,

Ring in the Christ that is to be.

-Lord Alfred Tennyson-

6 comments:

Shellmo said...

Hope you, the hubby & Charli ring in the best new year possible!!

Wendy said...

Happy New Years to you and your hubby and Charli!! I hope you are richly Blessed in the coming year!!~Wendy

Anne said...

I just love how you decorated your blog for the winter. It looks sooo nice and welcoming! Love the burning stove and Charli posing in her warm p.j.'s, to cute. I love the music on your blog to. Happy New Year!

MARIA said...

Szczęśliwego Nowego Roku!

Judith said...

Can't bit a bit of Tennyson!! wonderful poem. Happy New Year to you and yours. Judith

Smilingsal said...

I wish 2009 will be happy, healthy for you and yours. I love that we're friends. Happy New Year!

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