Poetry: a Christmas poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow…

This is a Christmas poem, by one of my favorite poets, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.  I found this on a great Advent Poetry blog moderated by Charlie Lowell (one of the Members of Jars of Clay).  Another fantastic poem by Longfellow is the “The Wreck of the Hesperus.”

Read it aloud and just let the words resonate and echo through your soul…I think it will strike the right c(h)ord.

I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day
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.”

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