Christmas Bells

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    Christmas Bells

I heard the bells on Christmas Day

Their old familar, carols play,

And wild and sweet

The words repeat

Of peace of earth, good-will towards to men!

 

 

And thought how, as the day had come,

The bellfries of the Christiandom

Had rolled along

The unbroken song

Of peace of earth, good-will towards men!

 

Till, ringing, swinging on its way,

The world revolved from night to day,

A voice, a chime,

A chant sublime

Of peace of earth, good-will towards men!

 

Then from each black,accursed mouth

The cannon thundered from the South,

And with the sound

The carols drowned

Of peace on earth, good-will towards men!

 

It was as if an earthquake rent

The hearth-stones of continent,

And made forlorn

The households born

Of Peace on earth, good-will towards men!

 

And in despair I bowed my head;

"There is no peace I earth" I said;

"For hate is strong,

And mocks the song

Of peace of earth, good-will towards men!"

 

Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:

"God is not dead, nor does He sleep!

The Wrong shall fail,

The Right prevail,

With peace on earth, good-will towards men!"

                                    Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

 

I always keep my collection of Christmas books of short stories and poems around the house every Christmas.  When I get a few minutes to sit and relax during this hectic month it is so enjoyable to read. 

I picked a big beatiful titled TheBook Of Christmas,put out by Readers Digest Association (1973) at a sale years ago.

I was so surprised tonight when I came along to this poem.  I instantly knew it, not because I am a some kind of cult-follower of Longfellow, but because the lines in this poem are the lyrics of one of my new found favorite Christmas song.

Mark Hall (one of my favorite,and most anointed Christian song writers out there) of Casting Crowns put out a Christmas CD in 2008 called "Peace on Earth". 

The first tract is call "I heard the bells on Christmas day".

The lines from his song are verbatim of Longfellows poem!

It is such a beautiful arrangement, with a choir in the backround.

I wish I was cool and smart enough to have a play list on my blog, I would be all over putting his song up.

I know Christmas is almost here, and then we will ALL be sick of Christmas music, but if you like the message of this poem, that song would be a great one to download…wortht the 99cents.

 

Happy Reading!

 


  

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