Welcome 2005!


Ring out, wild bells, to the wild sky,
The flying cloud, the frosty
The year is dying in the night;
Ring out, wild bells, and let him

Ring out the old, ring in the new,
Ring, happy bells, across the
The year is going, let him go;
Ring out the false, ring in the

Ring out the grief that saps the mind,
For those that here we see no
Ring out the feud of rich and poor,
Ring in redress to all

Ring out a slowly dying cause,
And ancient forms of party strife;
in the nobler modes of life,
With sweeter manners, purer laws.

Ring out the want, the care, the sin,
The faithless coldness of the
Ring out, ring out my mournful rhymes,
But ring the fuller minstrel

Ring out false pride in place and blood,
The civic slander and the
Ring in the love of truth and right,
Ring in the common love of

Ring out old shapes of foul disease;
Ring out the narrowing lust of
Ring out the thousand wars of old,
Ring in the thousand years of

Alfred, Lord Tennyson

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3 thoughts on “Welcome 2005!

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  2. I did not realize that this was written by Tennyson until I reached the end of the poem. The topic is so pertinent to our contemporary issues I was sure it was written specifically in response to our times. Clearly this is a timeless piece of writing, and a pleasure to encounter. “Ring in the thousand years of peace.” – Indeed.

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