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. Alfred, Lord Tennyson
On our drive to Arabia Mountain, we go past a big Baptist church. (Not surprising, we have a lot of Baptists church in Georgia!) I always look to see what they have posted on their church sign. This time it was this: "RING OUT THE FALSE, RING IN THE TRUE", a quote from a poem by Alfred, Lord Tennyson. If you would like to read about this Victorian poet, you may read about him here.
I think I know why it is taking Jenny Woolf so long to write her book about the Victorians...they all did so much! My Christmas book from last year was the book by Jenny Woolf entitled "The Mystery of Lewis Carroll", which I loved! You may see Jenny's website about her book just here.
Of course, she also has a wonderful blog too at http://www.jennywoolftravel.blogspot.com/
Hoping that Jenny's book about the Victorians will come out in 2013! (And I do know that there were some things that were not so wonderful about the Victorians, and I am sure that Jenny's book will address those things too.)