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Ring Out, Wild Bells

12.21.2013

Our second installment of Tennyson at Yuletide.

Alfred, Lord Tennyson

   XXVIII

The time draws near the birth of Christ:
The moon is hid; the night is still;
The Christmas bells from hill to hill
Answer each other in the mist.

Four voices of four hamlets round,
From far and near, on mead and moor,
Swell out and fail, as if a door
Were shut between me and the sound:

Each voice four changes on the wind,
That now dilate, and now decrease,
Peace and goodwill, goodwill and peace,
Peace and goodwill, to all mankind.

This year I slept and woke with pain,
I almost wish’d no more to wake,
And that my hold on life would break
Before I heard those bells again:

But they my troubled spirit rule,
For they controll’d me when a boy;
They bring me sorrow touch’d with joy,
The merry merry bells of Yule.

*from In Memoriam, 1850

Merry Christmas, from all of us at the Literary. And a Happy New Year.

Here’s our favorite, the Homeless Christmas Tree, NYC:

Homeless Tree

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2 Comments
  1. Grant permalink

    Love that “Homeless Christmas Tee.”

    Reminds me of Dylan’s great lines:

    “For they’re deep and they’re wide
    And the world’s on its side
    And time is running backwards
    And so is the bride…
    Ring them bells for the blind and the deaf
    Ring them bells for all of us who are left…”

  2. Grant permalink

    Love that “Homeless Christmas Tree”

    Reminds me of Dylan’s great lines:

    “For they’re deep and they’re wide
    And the world’s on its side
    And time is running backwards
    And so is the bride…
    Ring them bells for the blind and the deaf
    Ring them bells for all of us who are left…”

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