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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow - Christmas Bells

"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!


Then from each black accursed mouth
The cannon thundered in the South,
And with the sound
The carols drowned
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!


It was as if an earthquake rent
The hearth-stones of a continent,
And made forlorn
The households born
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!"

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Christmas Bells - Comments and Information

Poet: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Poem: Christmas Bells
Volume: Tales of a Wayside Inn
Poem of the Day: Jun 1 2013

Comment 8 of 8, added on January 10th, 2012 at 9:01 AM.

@your momma, you should be more respectful

Cueball from United States
Comment 7 of 8, added on April 12th, 2011 at 1:29 PM.
you

this fucking song sucks dick

your momma from Canada
Comment 6 of 8, added on December 14th, 2008 at 8:21 PM.

I also saw the story by a Christian artist, but it wasn't MercyMe. It was Casting Crowns, but I did a google search so I could see the history. Isn't that interesting. Love it.

Rebecca from United States

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