Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas!!

My beloved childhood piano teacher sent us a Christmas card with the following poem. I have always loved this particular carol and I would like to share it with you sweet friends.

Christmas Bells

By Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
at the height of the Civil War
(five verses)

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!

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."
Through all the noise and uncertainty of your life, May the bells of hope ring loudly through for you this year!
God Bless and Merry CHRISTmas to you all!!


1 comment:

  1. As often as I have heard bits and pieces of this, I don't think I ever sat down and read the entire thing.

    Merry merry Christmas to you!