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BELLS O' NEW YEAR, by            
First Line: To the rhythm of the breeze
Last Line: And monarchs, too, are small.
Subject(s): Bells; Holidays; New Year

To the rhythm of the breeze
Ring clear O Bells, your swinging song,
A burdened year has passed along,
God grant the new will right each wrong
And bring true joy to all,
Yea, peace, good will to all!

To the beat of martial tread
Ring bold, O Bells, your message now,
Give hope to those who meekly bow
To despots, lest a Freeman's vow
Make Babylon to fall,
And crush them in its fall!

To the blast of thunder guns
Ring strong, O Bells, ring strong and clear,
Let triumph notes awake the year,
Ring freedom to the Huns who fear
To break the tyrant's thrall,
A cursed, stinging thrall.

To the whines of hurtling shells
Ring loud, O, Bells, drown solemn tone
Of Coward's dirge and Money's groan,
Wake echoes that shall rock each throne
And cause them all to fall,
O, God! that all would fall!

To the harmonies of Time
Ring sweet, O, Bells, such music blends
Eternity with Now, and lends
Its peace to him who comprehends
That men and years are small,
And monarchs, too, are small.

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