Welcome 2005!

Kwitis

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.

Alfred, Lord Tennyson

Image: D. Morris

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3 Responses to Welcome 2005!

  1. TPB, Esq. says:

    That’s beautiful. Have yourself a happy new year, Armand.

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  3. Ninth Wave says:

    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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