Ring Out , Wild Bells Poem by Alfred Lord Tennyson

Ring Out , Wild Bells

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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.

Kim Barney 30 July 2015

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

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Shemar Henry 30 July 2015

thanks for the inspiration.

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Michael Hagwood 30 July 2015

my first thought was 'WOW, It is a powerfull poem

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Edward Kofi Louis 30 July 2015

In love of truth and right; following after righteousness. Nice work.

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Pranab K Chakraborty 30 July 2015

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.

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Bill Grace 09 March 2023

Grateful for this poem in 2023.

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Rob Lamberton 30 December 2022

Since my first hearing of Wild Bells I continue to listen for them especially at the transition to a new year! ! !

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James D 16 January 2022

A fine Poem indeed. Tennyson had a noble Soul.

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Dalia R a 28 November 2018

This poem has a powerful meaning

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Raquel 17 October 2018

This poem really touched my heart. It made me think.

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