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Thursday, December 9, 2010

Thoughtful Thursday....'Christmas Bells'

Here's a classic Christmas poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.  He wrote it during the American Civil War. Longfellow tragically reflects his anguish over the war and the harsh realities of it; yet, this poem brings a sense of hope to all for a better life and future of no hatred and no wars.

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!

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882)
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!"

May we all find peace this Christmas holiday season and throughout all the days of our lives.  May we all embrace each other and lift each other up in prayers and continuous love.  May our Almighty GOD continue to guide and direct us and most importantly, may we all surrender to HIM and not follow the paths of judgement, hate, and ridicule but love one another with open hearts. 


JD  :)

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for sharing this, JD. Just beautiful, and your sentiments echo in my heart.