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Friday, December 21, 2007

Poetry Friday: Christmas Bells by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

There's a Christmas carol called "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day" based on a poem Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote on December 25, 1864. This is a solemn poem, yet it is filled with hope. Perfect for this time of year.

Christmas Bells
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!

And thought how, as the day had come,
The belfries of all Christendom
Had rolled along
The unbroken song
Of 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!

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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!"

AmoXcalli is hosting Poetry Friday today. Enjoy some wonderful poems to start off a relaxing weekend.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Vivian, I did NOT know that song was from that poem.

I like it even more now!

I think I'll go put some holiday music on...

Happy Holidays!

Erin said...

I love singing this!!
Merry Christmas. :)