Sunday, December 25, 2016

Merry Christmas!


St. Sebaldus Church in Nuremberg, Germany

Merry Christmas everyone! Here's one of my seasonal favorites:

The time draws near the birth of Christ.
The moon is hid; the night is still;
The Christmas bells from hill to hill
Answer each other in the mist.
. . . .

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 rimes,
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 thousand years of peace.

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.

It is the day when he was born.

~ Alfred Lord Tennyson

7 comments:

  1. Merry Christmas... enjoy the day.

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  2. Merry Christmas to you and yours.
    Hugs

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  3. Yes, peace would be something to ring in. Oh, and freedom.

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  4. I hope you had a lovely day

    All the best Jan

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