Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, ON THE THRESHOLD, by ASTLEY H. BALDWIN



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First Line: Ring out, o bells! Ring silver sweet o'er hill and moor and fell!
Last Line: That god may gracious be to us in this the bright new year!
Subject(s): Holidays; New Year


RING out, O bells! Ring silver sweet o'er hill and moor and fell!
In mellow echoes let your chimes their hopeful story tell.
Ring out, ring out, all-jubilant, the joyous, glad refrain;
"A bright new year, a glad new year, hath come to us again!"

Ah! who can say how much of joy within it there may be
Stored up for us who listen now to your sweet melody!
Good-bye, Old Year! Tried, trusty friend, thy tale at last is told;
O New Year! write thou thine for us in lines of brightest gold.

The flowers of spring must bloom at last, when gone the winter's snow;
God grant that after sorrow past, we all some joy may know.
Though tempest-tossed our bark awhile on Life's rough waves may be,
There comes a day of calm at last, when we the haven see.

Then ring, ring on, O pealing bells! there's music in the sound.
Ring on, ring on, and still ring on, and wake the echoes round,
The while we wish, both for ourselves and all whom we hold dear,
That God may gracious be to us in this the bright New Year!





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