Thursday, 31 December 2009

In Memoriam

Posted by Tania Kindersley.


I heard a fragment of In Memoriam by Tennyson this morning on The Today Programme.  I do not know Tennyson; I am ashamed to admit I am only familiar with the twentieth century poets.  But I think this is beautiful, and apt.

I reproduce it here most especially for my friend Miss Whistle, who is writing heartbreaking posts from California. I wish you all a very happy New Year's Eve.

A section of In Memoriam, by Alfred Tennyson:

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.


  1. Dear Tania,

    That is beautiful and completely perfect. I am so touched by your kindness. Sending you love across the continental divide. Thank you.

    Miss W x

  2. Thank you for sharing this beautiful poem with us

  3. wow, little tears are rolling down my face- this is quite beautiful- thank you

  4. I love Tennyson. I'd forgotten about this one. It's lovely x


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