Maggie Robinson

Dec 19

Ring Out, Wild Bells
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 a slowly dying cause,
And ancient forms of party strife;
Ring in the nobler modes of life,
With sweeter manners, purer laws.
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.
Ring in the valiant man and free,
The larger heart, the kindlier hand;
Ring out the darkness of the land,
Ring in the Christ that is to be. ~Tennyson
What’s your Christmas wish? Whatever it is, my wish for you is that it comes true this holiday season. Go bake and eat some cookies, trim the tree, kiss the kids. Come back on December 26th for MRMR’s week-long anniversary party celebration and contest!

18 comments to “Merry!”

  1. MsHellion
     · December 19th, 2007 at 12:14 pm · Link

    I wish for Captain Jack Sparrow. In the flesh…but the DVD works pretty good too.

  2. terrio
     · December 19th, 2007 at 4:16 pm · Link

    I wish for Isabelle to have the best Christmas ever. This will be her first time to be with my family on Christmas morn and I’m just hoping we don’t all kill each other in the three days before.

    Maggie – another of my friends became a grandmother in the last few weeks and I’m betting the two of you have the best presents of anyone. *g* Enjoy that beautiful baby!

  3. irisheyes
     · December 19th, 2007 at 7:04 pm · Link

    I’m gonna be corny – My wish for my family and friends this Christmas is that they …

    See the thought, not the gift
    Hear the joy, not the tone
    Taste the effort, not the ingredients
    But above all, feel the love in whatever form it takes

    Merry Christmas, everyone! Maggie, enjoy your new little one!

  4. Maggie Robinson
     · December 19th, 2007 at 7:23 pm · Link

    Irish, not corny at all—your sentiments could be in a Hallmark card!

    Terri, Isabelle’s at a magical age. I hope your holiday is sparkly and blood-free.

    Hellion, at least with the DVD you can pause and repeat…with one push of the button. Just imagine if we could make real men do that!

  5. Janga
     · December 19th, 2007 at 9:27 pm · Link

    I wish peace within individual troubled hearts plagued with all that flesh is heir to, within fractured families, between warring factions on the planet we all share. Peace on earth and to you, my friends.

  6. BernardL
     · December 20th, 2007 at 10:14 am · Link

    Merry Christmas, Maggie. I’m less ambitious than Tennyson. I’ll settle for the family surviving the holidays without a cold/flu epidemic.

    Ring the Christmas bells and put up the lights.
    Please God, no cold or flu to haunt our nights. 🙂

  7. Maggie Robinson
     · December 20th, 2007 at 10:39 am · Link

    Janga, at Christmas I’m always reminded of the unlikely truce in the trenches during WWI. Here’s hoping our military personnel stay safe this year, and every year.

    Bernard, all the lovely enforced togetherness! We’ve already had our share of the flu. Right now I’m wondering whose back is going to go out with all the damn shoveling of the damn snow. Damn it.

  8. RevMelinda
     · December 20th, 2007 at 11:26 pm · Link

    I wish to make it through my parents’ visit without yelling, or crying, or my head blowing up.

  9. Santa
     · December 21st, 2007 at 12:52 am · Link

    That all my friends, wherever they are and whether or not I’ve ever met them in person have a wonderful holiday season and that all their wishes and dreams come true in the coming year!

    Enjoy yourselves and one another!

  10. Maggie Robinson
     · December 21st, 2007 at 8:15 am · Link

    RevM, you crack me up. Wish I was closer. Know the feeling. When the kids were little, we had to make the annual Christmas pilgrimage to both New York and Maine to see both sets of grandparents. My mother would leave huge kitchen knives within reach. My mother-in-law would feed the kids jelly doughnuts when they were already dressed and ready to go. I’m trying to break the tradition with Sadie and Juliette. Let’s hope I do better.

    Santa, right back at ya!

  11. Keira Soleore
     · December 22nd, 2007 at 10:21 pm · Link

    Maggie, what a gorgeous gorgeous picture to go with Tennyson’s words. Very appropriate post for the start of the ancient Yuletide solstice celebration.

    RevMelinda, you’re so funny. I wish for that, too, on our upcoming trip that’ll entail close encounters with all sorts of family members. Shiver me timbers.

    I wish good writing manna for all of us AYUs.

  12. Maggie Robinson
     · December 23rd, 2007 at 10:09 am · Link

    Thanks, Keira. One of my favorite diversions (an excellent way to avoid writing) is to look at images on the net and save them. They appear in my slide show when the computer is idle and I tell myself it’s writing-related cause I can use them as illustrations for blog posts, LOL. I have a book to read this vacation, How to Read a Painting: Lessons from the Old Masters, so I can be more hip to symbolism.Never took Art History in college but I’m not dead yet.

  13. Keira Soleore
     · December 23rd, 2007 at 8:50 pm · Link

    so I can be more hip to symbolism

    I am highly intrigued and highly curious!! Thinking of writing a whodunit romance with art historical clues? What fun!

    Look for an e-mail message from me. Me doofus me has lost your address. SIGH!

  14. Maggie Robinson
     · December 23rd, 2007 at 10:30 pm · Link

    LOL, Keira, The DaVinci code has already been written, darn it. Oddly enough, the heroine of the first book I finished is a self-taught artist, who specializes in nude portraits. Major revisions required! But I often wonder why artists chose certain objects to include in their work, and if I get around to reading this book, I’ll find out.

  15. Lenora Bell
     · December 24th, 2007 at 12:29 am · Link

    Oddly enough, the heroine of the first book I finished is a self-taught artist, who specializes in nude portraits. Ooh, this sounds so great! Have you submitted it anywhere?

    Thank you for the beautiful poem and picture!

  16. Gillian Layne
     · December 24th, 2007 at 3:34 am · Link

    Merry Christmas, dear!

    I’ve already lived through the huge in-law party it was my (our) turn to host.

    The rest of Christmas will be a blessed breeze!

  17. Elyssa Papa
     · December 24th, 2007 at 2:24 pm · Link

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

    Christmas wish—love, love, love to get signed. Sigh.

  18. Maggie Robinson
     · December 24th, 2007 at 5:08 pm · Link

    Lenora, I need to completely revise, and write a much better query letter—which I absolutely loathe doing. But I did very lightly query and was soundly rejected, LOL! Time to torture myself some more.

    Gillian, in an hour we’ll be at another family thing. I called my daughter to see if we should pick up anything on the way and she told me her dog just ate the gingerbread house my three girls took all afternoon making. I think Santa will put a lump of coal in Homer’s (the dog) stocking.

    Ely, let’s hope you find love AND an agent/publisher!