I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day

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It’s Christmas Eve, the day before Christmas. For some people it’s a day of last-minute shopping; for others it’s a day of preparation for a family gathering; for many it will be a visit to a local church , perhaps for a candlelight service or mass.

It’s a day when we hear and sing a lot of Christmas carols, and one of my personal favorites is I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day, written by American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. It wasn’t a carol that I grew up with, like Silent Night or O Little Town of Bethlehem or my mom’s favorite, O Holy Night. Yet I liked it the first time I heard it, and the words move me each time I hear them:

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 the unbroken song
Of peace on earth, good will to men.

Then 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 rang 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”.

If you’d like to hear the story of how Longfellow came to write these words, here’s a link for you: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sXfzp296zhA.

A joyous Christmas to you and your family!

Len

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One Response to I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day

  1. Pingback: Random Favorite Christmas Song #4, “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day” | The Dad Poet

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