Alfred Lord Tennyson

(6 August 1809 – 6 October 1892 / Lincoln / England)

Ring Out , Wild Bells - Poem by Alfred Lord Tennyson

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.

Comments about Ring Out , Wild Bells by Alfred Lord Tennyson

  • Veteran Poet - 1,084 Points Michael Hagwood (7/30/2015 11:54:00 PM)

    my first thought was 'WOW, It is a powerfull poem (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie - 124 Points Shemar Henry (7/30/2015 1:35:00 PM)

    thanks for the inspiration. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 28,986 Points Kim Barney (7/30/2015 10:24:00 AM)

    This would have been a better selection for New Year's Day instead of July 30. Oh, well, it has some good thoughts anyway. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 6,116 Points Pranab K Chakraborty (7/30/2015 9:00:00 AM)

    Ring in the nobler modes of life,
    With sweeter manners, purer laws.

    I feel the speed and spontaneity with purest thoughts universal. Crossing time limit with natural skill fabricated with poetic essence. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 47,399 Points Edward Kofi Louis (7/30/2015 6:20:00 AM)

    In love of truth and right; following after righteousness. Nice work. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 15,816 Points Ramesh T A (7/30/2015 2:57:00 AM)

    Poem of Lord Tennyson rings as real bell in a melodious manner saying goodbye to false and welcoming the good for well being of humankind! (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, April 8, 2010

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