Alfred Tennyson: Ring out the thousand wars of old, ring in the thousand years of peace

Tennyson’s 1850 “New Year’s” resolution, worthy of deep, long consideration by humanity in 2015…

Antiwar literary and philosophical selections

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Anti-war essays, poems, short stories and literary excerpts

Alfred Tennyson: Till the war-drum throbb’d no longer, and the battle-flags were furl’d

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Alfred Tennyson
Ring Out, Wild Bells (1850)

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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,

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