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Ring in the true

“Ring out the false, ring in the true”

Alfred Lord Tennyson (1809-18920

London, December 2019

I didn’t mean to make this post political, but this photo leapt out. To compensate, I’ll leave you with more of Lord Tennyson’s moving poem, In Memoriam, or Ring Out Wild Bells, written as an elegy to Arthur Henry Hallam, his sister’s fiancé who died at the age of just 22.

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 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.

Happy New Year!

And it’s time for a weekly quotation-inspired image.

If the quote inspires a pictorial or wordy post from you, do feel free to link in or to pop your URL in the comments.


Copyright Debbie Smyth,  1 January 2020

11 replies »

  1. What a lovely poem, Debbie! As for the photo, these days it seems like, to paraphrase the terrorist/freedom fighter saying, “One man’s facts are another man’s fiction.” Too bad it’s so difficult to distinguish between the two these days.

    All the best for the new year!


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  2. That’s a great photo, accompanied by a great sentiment. I wonder what 2020 will bring for Steve Bray? All good wishes to you for this year, and keep posting those photos!


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