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Ring Out, Wild Bells

The recitation of Tennyson’s ‘Ring Out, Wild Bells’ is a Swedish New Year’s Eve tradition.

Since 1897, it has been a Swedish tradition that a free translation of Alfred, Lord Tennyson’s 1850 poem, ‘Ring Out, Wild Bells’, is publicly recited by a famous Swedish actor a few minutes before midnight on New Year’s Eve at the Skansen museum in Stockholm. Since 1977 this event has also been broadcast on Swedish television. We at Right On can think of no better way to mark the arrival of the new year than with this poem. Happy New Year from all of us. The poem is reproduced below in its original English version, followed by the Swedish.

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 thy 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.

Nyårsklockan

Ring, klocka, ring i bistra nyårsnatten
Mot rymdens norrskenssky och markens snö;
Det gamla året lägger sig att dö…
Ring själaringning över land och vatten!

Ring in det nya och ring ut det gamla
I årets första, skälvande minut!
Ring lögnens makt från världens gränser ut,
Och ring in till sanningen till oss, som famla!

Ring våra tankar ut ur sorgens häkten,
Och ring hugsvalelse till sargad barm
Ring hatet ut emellan rik och arm
Och ring försoning in till jordens släkten

Ring ut bekymren, sorgerna och nöden,
Och ring den frusna tiden åter varm
Ring ut till tystnad diktens gatularm,
Men ring till sångarhjärtan skaparglöden

Ring ut den stolthet, som blott räknar anor,
Förtalets lömskhet, avundens försåt
Ring in det rätta på triumfens stråt,
Och ring till seger mänsklighetens fanor

Ring, klocka, ring… och seklets krankhet vike;
Det dagas, släktet fram i styrka går!
Ring ut, ring ut de tusen krigens år,
Ring in den tusenåra fredens rike!

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