Friday, January 2, 2009

A New Year's Poem by Tennyson

This poem was the "hymn" in tonight's Vespers prayers in The Divine Hours, and I thought it highly appropriate to share with you all as 2009 begins:

Ring out the old, ring in the new
Ring, happy bells, across the snow:
The year is going, let him go;
Ring out false, ring in true.

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 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

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