Christmas Bells + Spotify

Christmas Bells
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!

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.”

I adore this poem. You probably know the carol “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day” which is based on Longfellow’s poem (above). It was originally written during the Civil War.

I’m overwhelmed when I imagine how ‘peace’ must’ve sounded to Americans in 1863.

In other news, I created a Spotify playlist of Christmas Worship music (I tire quickly of Holly Jolly Christmas and Santa Baby). Feel free to listen here if you feel the same: Christmas Worship.

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