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Friday, December 20, 2013

Christmas Bells

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!

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
 

3 comments:

  1. What a pretty tree! And thanks for posting these words as well. Merry Christmas!

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  2. You always pair your beautiful photography with beautiful prose. Love this.

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