January 3, 2009

Bark and ring in the new!

by winecountrydog and pawlitico

It's a new dog year! We corgis continue to bark and ring it in.

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 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. . . .

You've been reading the words of Victorian poet Alfred, Lord Tennyson, who lived from 1809 to 1892 and was UK Poet Laureate.

Cathedral Green sculpture of Alfred, Lord Tennyson and his dog
Tennyson was very fond of dogs. Tennyson had several, one of which was a Siberian Wolfhound called Karenina.

You can see Tennyson's dog in two sculptures of them together. One sculpture is to be found at Watts Gallery, Compton, Surrey, England. The other one, shown in the image above, is found at Cathedral Green. This photo was taken by Lincolnian and posted on flickr along with other beautiful photos.

The yappiest of New Year wishes for 2009!

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