Saturday, December 31, 2011

Best wishes to you and yours as you ring in the New Year

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.

These lines, taken from Alfred, Lord Tennyson's 'Ring Out, Wild Bells',  a part of the elegy 'In Memoriam' written for Arthur Henry Hallam, seem fitting to mark the turning of this year into the next.

May the New Year bring health, wealth and happiness to each one of you and your families.

Cheers,
Jennifer

2 comments:

  1. Happy New Year Jenn! Looking forward to more great blogging in 2012.

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