British History, Culture & Sports, History of Freedom, Heroes, Inventors, Brits at their Best.com, English country scene

Blog Home | All Posts

Happy New Year!

albion_derwent_snow_bb.jpg

Derwent
Image: Howard Maunders, Beautiful Britain On this Day

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.

-Alfred Lord Tennyson In Memoriam, Canto CVI

For Auld Lang Syne

Sometime we'll find an Auld Lang Syne video for the ages. In the meantime, those bagpipes!

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
and never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
and days o' auld lang syne?

For auld lang syne, my dear,
for auld lang syne,
we'll take a cup o’ kindness yet,
for auld lang syne. . .

And there’s a hand, my trusty friend!
And give us a hand o’ thine!
And we’ll take a right good-will draught,
for auld lang syne.

For auld lang syne, my dear,
for auld lang syne,
we'll take a cup o’ kindness yet,
for auld lang syne. . .

We take your hand in spirit and wish you a very happy new year.

Comments (3)

Death Bredon:

Indeed -- let the Wild Bells ring out!

(Time to for my annual viewing of the Nine Tailors.)

opsimath:

Thank you for the wonderful photo of the Derwent Valley and also for the canto from 'In Memoriam'.

A happy, healthy and prosperous new year to you and all here.

Happy new year to you! And thanks for the lovely Tennyson. The Strode I put up is cheerful but much less profound.

Post a comment

(Please do give us your name or the name you write under in the form below and your URL if you have one. Your comment may take a little time to appear. Thanks for waiting.)

COPYRIGHT