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Ralph Waldo Emerson, comp. (1803–1882).  Parnassus: An Anthology of Poetry.  1880.
 
Christmas
By Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809–1892)
 
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—        5
  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;        10
  Ring out the feud of rich and poor,
Ring in redress for all mankind.
 
Ring out a slowly dying cause,
  And ancient forms of party strife;
  Ring in the nobler modes of life,        15
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.        20
 
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,        25
  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;        30
  Ring out the darkness of the land,—
Ring in the Christ that is to be.
 
 
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