Written 170 years ago … still relevant today

In Memoriam is a collection of 131 poems written by Alfred Lord Tennyson over 17 years of grieving the early death of his best friend. This one is number 106. It contains many of my wishes for 2022.

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.

Happy New Year!

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2 thoughts on “Written 170 years ago … still relevant today

  1. Wow! Very profound! Poem #106 of 131 poems of grieving over 17 years. Wow!
    I’m struck by Tennyson’s deep wisdom related to letting go of the old and embracing the new. While some memories are rich and precious, we need to appreciate and joy in them while not being bound and defined by them. We need to learn the creative tension of embracing the good in them while renouncing their power to bind us or hold us back or define us. Very tricky. Calls for the wisdom of Solomon… or perhaps one wiser than he! We cannot let go of the past that needs to be let go of without embracing something in its place. Without the new to replace it, we will fall back on the old and continue bound to the past. Such a challenge! To cherish and hold to the traditions and precious jewels of the past even while creating the future. Not staying stuck in the veil of the fading glory, but rather with unveiled faces moving on from glory to glory (2Co 3.18)! Thanks again for sharing!

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