Sunday, December 25, 2011

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!"


~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

3 Comments:

Blogger Tabor said...

I wonder if I had read this all the way through before...perhaps not. hope your day was wonderful.

6:40 PM  
Blogger kerrdelune said...

Endment, I've always loved this image and poem. Thank you for sharing it.

9:10 AM  
Blogger Kay McKenzie Cooke said...

A beautiful (very fitting) poem. Trust you had a wonderful Christmas. All the best for the new year ahead.

3:38 AM  

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