New Year’s Poem

Don’t worry, I didn’t write it. I think of these lines every New Year’s but most especially this year. “Ring out the grief that saps the mind” – here here! Ring Out, Wild Bells, by Tennyson, an excerpt from a larger work, In Memoriam A. H. H. 

I was introduced to it when I sang with the multi-talented and lovely Paula Downes, during her stint on this side of the pond. It was written by her father, composer Andrew Downes, though the rhythmic text lends itself to the several musical settings.

Listen to the lively Downes here, in a live performance, and see below for the poem. Here’s wishing for some bouts of peace and non-violence in 2013, eh?

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.

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Everyone likes classical music. Not everyone knows it yet.
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3 Responses to New Year’s Poem

  1. brendanball says:

    Reblogged this on Brendan Ball's Blog and commented:
    What a lovely poem. An excerpt taken from In Memoriam A.H.H. by Tennyson and posted by Thousandfold Echo. A great blog, by the way…

  2. scillagrace says:

    Absolutely apropos.

  3. Pingback: Happy New Year 2013 | scillagrace

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