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Tuesday, December 25, 2012

A 100-Year-Old Priceless Gift

 

Over one hundred years ago an American poetic genius gave the people of the world the gift of Hope in the form of this beautiful, uplifting work, originally titled The Christmas Bells.  

The poet gifted the world with this poem while the United States was deeply embroiled in a hellish civil war. May this carol bring comfort and joy to you all! ~ Sarah

 

I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day
by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

I heard the bells on Christmas Day
Their old familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet the words repeat
Of peace on earth, good will to men. 

I thought how, as the day had come,
The belfries of all Christendom
Had rolled along th'unbroken song
Of peace on earth, good will to men. 


And in despair I bowed my head:
'There is no peace on earth, ' I said
'For hate is strong, and mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good will to men.'

Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:
'God is not dead, nor doth He sleep;
The wrong shall fail, the right prevail,
With peace on earth, good will to men.'


Till, ringing, singing on its way,
The world revolved from night to day
A voice, a chime, a chant sublime,
Of peace on earth, good will to men. 

HENRY WADSWORTH
LONGFELLOW

2 comments:

Judith Ashley said...

Blessed Be

Diana Mcc. said...

I had no idea this was written during the Civil War. The words are so much more special, because of when the poem was written. Happy Holidays to all!!