This Alfred Lord Tennyson poem written in the eighteen hundreds seems strangely fitting for our day, especially the last five verses. You might like to know that Ring Out, Wild Bells is taken from Tennyson’s long elegy, In Memoriam A. H. H., and is the last in a cycle of 133 cantos. It is a tribute to his close friend and sister’s fiancé, Arthur Henry Hallam, who died suddenly at the age of 22.
The poem’s theme of renewal lends itself well to reflection on New Years. So grab a cup of coffee and take a moment to ponder!
Much love and blessings in 2022,
Ring Out, Wild Bells
Alfred Lord Tennyson – 1809-1892
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.
This poem is in the public domain.