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The Hope Of “Christmas Bells”

Originally posted last year

In the wake of the attacks in Paris, the words of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow linger in my mind.

His poem “Christmas Bells”, better known to us as “I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day”, was written by Longfellow on Christmas day 1863, after learning his eldest son had almost been paralyzed while fighting in the Civil War.  As many writers do, he sought words of comfort during a time of violence and distress in his life and the world around him.  The repeating phrase of “peace on Earth, good-will to men” brings a sense of hope, even during the most trying times.  I feel the poem speaks volumes in the last stanza and truly resonates, at least with me, with what is going on in the world today and the fact that evil can indeed be overcome by good.

“Christmas Bells” – 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!

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.”

 

 

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I'm a writer. I'm also a wife and a parent who works too much and lives too little. In addition to writing I also love to read, listen to music, travel, cook, I enjoy looking for bargains at flea markets or thrift stores, Christmas, football and of course writing! How did I come up with the title of my blog? Two things: 1. I live in New England (duh) and 2. Canadian singer Alan Frew once arrogantly told me to "get a New England life"--again--DUH! I already HAVE one!

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