Bless us Big Brass Bells!


                                                                                                                                                         Grigory Sysoyev/TASS


Bless us, big brass bells:

toll between our earth and clouds,

bless the solitary in busy crowds;

sing thy song, long and loud!


Bless us. softer sibling sounds:

descant downfall, sensual peals,

bless ringers fingers, feet and heels:

hope pulled rope much mercy reveals.


Bless us spirit-sparked icon song:

holy harmonies, slowly accelerating,

bless towered music  – saving, creating:

satiate hearts, no hesitating!


O aural icons, O sonic saints,

haul down hope for land and nation,

full circle chimes the best creation

cleanse stale hearts with God’s incarnation.


Why many Russians freeze when they hear bells…


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