S3 E13: Christmas Bells by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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!

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.”

This poem is in the public domain.


Thank you for joining us on The Book Dialogue in 2022. We look forward to entering Season 4 in 2023 and sharing the joy and adventure of reading.

All the very best of this festive season to you and yours.

Sarah & Rebecca

Christmas Bells by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow The Book Dialogue

S3 E13: 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! 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." This poem is in the public domain. Thank you for joining us on The Book Dialogue in 2022. We look forward to entering Season 4 in 2023 and sharing the joy and adventure of reading. All the very best of this festive season to you and yours. Sarah & Rebecca Recitation by Sarah Ahmadi and Rebecca Budd Music by Howard Harper-Barnes “My Only Wish is Love” #EpidemicSound https://www.epidemicsound.com/track/zoCeMwvHLN/

Published by Rebecca Budd

Blogger, Visual Storyteller, Podcaster, Traveler and Life-long Learner

4 thoughts on “S3 E13: Christmas Bells by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

    1. Thank you Dave! I am glad that Sarah read the last stanza. I always feel the tears flow because of all that is happening around us. Sometimes it is very difficult to see “peace on earth goodwill to men,” but I remind myself that we can shed light into the dark places simply by creating compassionate communities. That is what you do, Dave. Thank you for a great 2022!! Looking forward to 2023 and the adventures/conversations that will come our way.

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