‘RING OUT THE OLD, RING IN THE NEW
(The year is dying, let it go)’
‘Tis January the first
Revellers quench their thirst
They drink for pleasure
And dance without measure
A new year has begun
So let’s all have some fun
Shall we sing ‘Auld Lang Syne’ my dear?
And wish each other ‘Happy New Year’
We’ll dance the old year out
Whirl merrily and shout
The count-down has begun
Five, four, three, two, one.
Happy New Year! Happy New Year!
This is the time to cheer
Listen to the church bells chime
Now it’s certainly the time
For us to reflect and pray
Think of what we should say.
The resolutions we didn’t keep,
The promises that left us deep
In debt to our Lord and Saviour
How do we regard such behaviour?
There’s a time for everything
Now that you’ve had your fling
Turn your thoughts to peace and love
Blessings will flow from above
Follow the scriptures, every word,
Your prayers on high will be heard.
Pray indeed for your salvation
Anyone ‘in Christ is a new creation;
Old things have passed away’
Look forward to a new day
‘Behold all things are become new’
There will be a change in you
You’ll have a different point of view
Just ring out the old, ring in the new.
(The title of this poem is the title of a seasonal song which we used to sing between Xmas and the New Year. Unfortunately, I don’t know the name of the lyricist or the composer)
Biblical quotes taken from the King James Version.
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