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Into the jaws of death,
Into the mouth of hell

Rode the six hundred.

Flashed all their sabers bare,
Flashed as they turned in air
Sabring the gunners there,
Charging an army, while

All the world wondered.
Plunged in the battery smoke,
Right through the line they broke;
Cossack and Russian
Reeled from the saber-stroke -

Shattered and sundered.
Then they rode back, but not

Not the six hundred.

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Cannon to right of them,
Cannon to left of them,
Cannon behind them
Volleyed and thundered;
Stormed at with shot and shell,
While horse and hero fell,
They that had fought so well
Came through the jaws of death,
Back from the mouth of hell,
All that was left of them,

Left of six hundred.

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RING OUT, WILD BELLS

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When can their glory fade ?
Oh, the wild charge they made !

All the world wondered.
Honor the charge they made,
Honor the Light Brigade,

Noble six hundred !

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Ring Out, Wild Bells

Ring out, wild bells, to the wild sky,

The flying cloud, the frosty light;
The year is dying

is dying in the night: Ring out, wild bells, and let him die.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

- From “ IN MEMORIAM.'

A CHRISTMAS HYMN

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ALFRED DOMETT

ENGLAND, 1811-1887

A Christmas Hymn

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It was the calm and silent night!
Seven hundred years and fifty-three
Had Rome been growing up to might,
And now was queen of land and sea.
No sound was heard of clashing wars;
Peace brooded o'er the hushed domain:
Apollo, Pallas, Jove, and Mars
Held undisturbed their ancient reign,
In the solemn midnight,

Centuries ago.

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'Twas in the calm and silent night!
The senator of haughty Rome,
Impatient, urged his chariot's flight,
From lordly revel rolling home;
Triumphal arches, gleaming, swell
His breast with thoughts of boundless sway;
What recked the Roman what befell
A paltry province far away,
In the solemn midnight,

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Centuries ago.

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Within that province far away
Went plodding home a weary boor ;

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