New Year's Poetry

New Year's Poetry

Happy New Year, Poetry Teatime! Today we would like to leave you with one of our favorite New Year-themed poems. 

In Memoriam [Ring Out, Wild Bells]
By 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.


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