Thursday, January 1, 2009

Ring Out, Wild Bells

Happy Birthday, Levi!

And Happy New Year, Friends!

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.

~Alfred Lord Tennyson, Ring Out, Wild Bells


Meagan said...

Is he a New Year's baby? I have one, too! She turned 6 yesterday. I still have yet to post about it...

I noticed a funny thing a couple weeks ago. I was on facebook and saw your pic on my friend Cheris' profile! What a small world! We went to high school together way back when! :)

Happy New Year!!

Heidi said...

Yes, he's my New Year's baby. :) 12:06 to be exact! He always knows how to make an entrance, LOL!

Wow! Small world, indeed. Yes, I've enjoyed getting to know Cheris the last few years. She is in my book club! Facebook is a fun place...