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Happy New Year 2018!

December 31, 2017


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RING OUT, WILD BELLS

by Alfred Tennyson (1850)

“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:

Black and white illustration of large bells ringing across a wild winter landscape

Illustration by Frederic B. Schell 1885

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 we see no more;

Ring out the feud of rich and poor,

Ring in redress to all mankind.

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 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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