Hopeful New Year ?!

Bell ornament on my Christmas treeAnother hard year has come and gone. Let’s just let 2011 die.

I hate to feel this way. When I had a chance to read this small part of the longer In Memoriam  by Lord Alfred Tennyson I was comforted and inspired to be more hopeful.

2011…
The year is going, let him go;
Ring out the false, ring in the true.

If it were that easy…
Ring out the grief that saps the mind

Look up and strive to be better…
Ring in the nobler modes of life

Help me remember my blessings…
Ring out, ring out my mournful rhymes

During this political year…
Ring in the common love of good

Everywhere…
Ring in the thousand years of peace.

In me and in you…
Ring in …the larger heart, the kindlier hand


In Memoriam [Ring out, wild bells] by Lord Alfred Tennyson
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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.

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