Ring out, wild bells, to the wild sky

Ring out, wild bells, to the wild sky. Alfred Tennyson* (1809-1892). This is section 106 (written ca. 1845-46) of In Memoriam A.H.H., the series of poems published in 1850 in memory of his great friend Arthur Henry Hallam, who died in 1833. It followed the last of three Christmas sections in the poem, each of which marks a stage in recovering from his grief. It is a splendid cry for a nobler and fairer world, inspired by the ringing of bells in a country parish on New Year’s Eve:   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,...

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