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December 24, 2019

This carol is based on a poem written by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. He penned the poem on Christmas Day, 1863, during the American Civil War. This honest depiction of hope in the midst of despair resonates throughout the centuries at Christmas. We celebrate the reality that God is not dead, and that he came at Christmas to redeem our broken world.





Christmas Bells

By Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


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!


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."


(Public Domain)


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