Old Words

for the New Year

Making the world a kinder, lovelier place.

Ring Out, Wild Bells

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.

ALFRED, LORD TENNYSON (1809 – 1892)