Friday, December 25, 2009

Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas!



It's that time of year! Peace on Earth 2009

When Longfellow wrote the words to this poem, America's Civil War was still months away from Lee's surrender to Grant at Appomattox Court House in April of 1865. The poem reflects the prior years of the war's despair, but ends with a confident hope of triumphant peace.

Christmas Bells

By Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882)

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."


2 comments:

Sande said...

A belated Merry Christmas to you, Kim. And a happy New Year.
The Mormon Tabernacle Choir is so impressive. Thanks for posting.

Deb Geyer said...

I love that song!!

Wishing you and yours the best in 2010!!