Sunday, December 16, 2012

I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day

old country church in the snow

I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day

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."
 
by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

 
 Sharing today with The Sunday Community at Jumping Tandem.
 

Photo Credit: gb_packards

5 comments:

Tonya said...

you have such a pretty colored blog. thanks for stopping by my blog today. hope you have a great Christmas and holiday season!

Christine said...

I just posted about this poem/song, on Weds. and was thinking about it all day on Friday.  It's just so fitting now.

Rachel Lundy said...

I've had this song running through my head all weekend. It is so fitting.  There is evil in the world, no doubt about it, but God is at work, and one day the Prince of Peace will return and set all things right. Come quickly, Lord Jesus!

Joanne Norton said...

Nice to see the whole song.  Doesn't happen often any more.  And HE is the PEACE.  Nothing else ever will raise above His.  All we can rely upon.  All I can.

Rachel Lundy said...

I like learning all of the verses to hymns.  Sometimes so much good teaching is left out when verses are skipped.

So true - Jesus is the One who gives true peace.  I look forward to the day when the Prince of Peace will return!

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