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Alfred Lord Tennyson wrote a lengthy poem titled “In Memoriam A.H.H.” (See here for it all.)

It was a remembrance of his dear friend Arthur Henry Hall Hallam, who died suddenly of a cerebral hemorrhage in 1833.

Written over a period of 17 years, it endures as a wonderful, bittersweet meditation on the search for hope in the wake of a great personal loss.

However, the excerpt below is forever fitting for ringing a a hopeful New Year.

Happy New Year & Grace & Peace,

“In Memoriam A.H.H.”

    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,
    The faithless coldness of the times;
    Ring out, ring out my mournful rhymes,
    But ring the fuller minstrel in.

    Ring out false pride in place and blood,
    The civic slander and the spite;
    Ring in the love of truth and right,
    Ring in the common love of good.

    Ring out old shapes of foul disease;
    Ring out the narrowing lust of gold;
    Ring out the thousand wars of old,
    Ring in the thousand years of peace.

    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.

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