Saturday, December 30, 2006

Last Post for 2006

Would like to end the year 2006 and welcome 2007 with these immortal and oft-repeated lines by Alfred Lord Tennyson (1809-1892)

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, 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 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 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 a slowly dying cause,
And ancient forms of party strife,
Ring in the nobler modes of life,
With sweet manners, purer laws.

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 to all!

11 Comments:

At 11:41 AM, Blogger Fuzzylogic said...

Love that poem!it's a coincidence that that was also the ending line for my last post for the year:)
Happy new year!!

 
At 4:05 PM, Anonymous Vi said...

Love it; that's the poem I used during last year's new year. ;)

 
At 7:21 AM, Blogger Usha said...

Lovely poem! Have a wonderful new year!

 
At 1:24 PM, Blogger Alan said...

Happy New Year. Best wishes to you and your family for a great 2007.

 
At 1:42 PM, Blogger Sanjay said...

Nice poem and also loved your earlier post about trivia about the past year.
Happy new year to you and your loved ones!

 
At 12:32 AM, Blogger iz said...

That's beautifully written. Happy New Year to you too.

 
At 2:42 AM, Anonymous artnavy said...

hey the title to my post as well- i like that poem a lot

 
At 10:08 AM, Blogger Something to Say said...

Couldnt think of anything more appropriate than this poem. Glad you guys appreciated it too. I hope everyone had a wonderful new year

 
At 4:56 AM, Anonymous OrangeJammies said...

A Wonderful 365 Days Ahead!
Keep Blogging! :0)

 
At 10:09 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Watch subject. Bush and the Republicans were not protecting us on 9-11, and we aren't a lot safer now. We may be more afraid due to george bush, but are we safer? Being fearful does not necessarily make one safer. Fear can cause people to hide and cower. What do you think? How does that work in a democracy again? How does being more threatening make us more likeable?Isn't t
he country with the most weapons the biggest threat to the rest of the world? When one country is the biggest threat to the rest of the world, isn't that likely to be the most hated country?
What happened to us, people? When did we become such lemmings?
The more people that the government puts in jails, the safer we are told to think we are. The real terrorists are wherever they are, but they aren't living in a country with bars on the windows. We are.

 
At 8:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bush and the Republicans were not protecting us on 9-11, and we aren't a lot safer now. We may be more afraid due to george bush, but are we safer? Being fearful does not necessarily make one safer. Fear can cause people to hide and cower. What do you think? Why has bush turned our country from a country of hope and prosperity to a country of belligerence and fear.
Are we safer today than we were before?
We have lost friends and influenced no one. No wonder most of the world thinks we suck. Thanks to what george bush has done to our country during the past three years, we do!

 

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