15 December - Ring Out, Wild Bells

Yesterday - Up - Tomorrow

This is another choice with no interesting meaning behind it - it's a song to ring in the new year, which I'm putting up now Just In Case. If there's something we can all agree on, it's that this old year of 2020 can, for the most part, get in the bin.

Music: Charles Gounod
Words: In memoriam - Alfred Lord Tennyson
Musicians: Kathleen Jowitt, Tony Evershed

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 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 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.