Wednesday, 2 December 2009

I heard the bells on Christmas Day...

The following poem was written by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow as he nursed his son who had been injured in the American Civil war. I really like Longfellow's poems, but I didn't realise that the beautiful Casting Crowns song (which I might get to sing (with the Music group) in church at Christmas - hubs is working on it) included lines from this poem/carol.

It's beautiful and very moving.

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!"




4 comments:

  1. this is a nice version! I like Casting Crowns.

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  2. I've always loved this song. I wasn't aware of all the verses of the poem. Thank you for sharing it.

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  3. I've always liked this Christmas carol too. I didn't know all of the verses though, thanks for sharing them. (o:

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