Ring out the old, ring in the new

Ring out the old, ring in the new. Alfred Tennyson* (1809-1892).  This is a variant from Section 106 of In Memoriam A.H.H., the poem written over sixteen years in memory of Tennyson’s great friend Arthur Henry Hallam, who died in 1833. This section dates from 1845-46. More commonly in hymnals, a fuller selection of stanzas from this Section is found, beginning as a hymn with its first stanza, beginning ‘Ring out, wild bells, to the wild sky’*.  Presumably not liking the wildness of stanza 1, the compilers of a number of hymnals preferred to begin with stanza 2, which goes to the core of the poem with lines 1 and 4 (‘old...new’; ‘false...true’). For the full text, see the entry on ‘Ring...

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