Friday, December 31, 2010

Ring Out, Wild Bells

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 humankind.

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 thy 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 soul and free, The larger heart, the kindlier hand;
Ring out the darkness of the land, Ring in the Life that is to be.

~Alfred Lord Tennyson, adapted


I'm not one for resolutions, they're pretty much vows to do more of something good or less of something less good.

Happy New Year. Thank you for traveling through 2010 with me -- I look forward to sharing 2011 with you. Peace, Linda


  1. it's gonna be a great year filled with the number 1 or double 1s I guess.

    Happy New Year my friend, lets not only enjoy the ride but even drive for a while.

  2. Lovely, inspiring poetry!
    Happy New Year, Linda!

  3. Poets always say it with flair.

    Happy New Year, Linda. Wishing you much peace and joy in 2011.

  4. HNY Linda - Great stuff here as always!!

  5. Amazing and perfect. Thank you, Linda.

  6. I like the poem, Linda. Fitting end. Fitting beginning. Happy New Year.