Ring out wild bells (adapted) – New Year

 1 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 it die.
 
 2 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 for humankind.
 
 3 Ring out each slowly dying cause,
 archaic forms of party strife;
 Ring in a new regard for life,
 with open borders, fairer laws.
 
 4 Ring out false pride in birth and creed,
 the civic slander and the spite;
 ring in the love of truth and right
 ring in the end of human need.
 
 5 Ring out the curse of poverty.
 Ring out the grasping lust of wealth.
 Ring out those things that harm our health,
 Ring out old wars, bring unity.
 
 6 Ring in a time when all are free,
 a time when none will fear to stand
 when all are welcome in this land.
 Ring in the Christ that is to be.
 
 Alfred Tennyson (1809-1892) alt. Andrew E Pratt (born 1948)
 © 2014 Stainer and Bell Ltd.

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Andrew Pratt

Andrew Pratt was born in Paignton, Devon, England in 1948.

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