Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

(27 February 1807 – 24 March 1882 / Portland, Maine)

Christmas Bells

Poem 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!"


Comments about Christmas Bells by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

  • Kingsley EgbukoleKingsley Egbukole (12/27/2019 9:36:00 PM)

    A beautiful poem for a beautiful season. The Christmas bells will disappoint the wrongs and the rights will prevail.(Report)Reply

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  • The MuseThe Muse (12/27/2019 2:31:00 PM)

    What a perfect poem for the season!(Report)Reply

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  • Ankwasa HarlordAnkwasa Harlord (12/27/2019 1:59:00 PM)

    Nice piece of work #keep it up
    Keep the candle burning(Report)Reply

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  • Savita TyagiSavita Tyagi (12/27/2019 10:36:00 AM)

    A voice, a chime, a chant sublime of peace on earth and goodwill to men......lovely words to repeat yeararound.....let's hope against hope...let there be peace on eatrh.(Report)Reply

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  • Tamara Beryl LathamTamara Beryl Latham (12/27/2019 8:31:00 AM)

    An excellent poem with an emphasis on repeating poetic lines. Longfellow is certainly one of the great classical poets. A wonderful read. : -)(Report)Reply

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  • Rajnish MangaRajnish Manga (12/27/2019 7:40:00 AM)

    Great poem spreading the spirit of Christmas.(Report)Reply

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  • Dr Tony BrahminDr Tony Brahmin (12/27/2019 1:21:00 AM)

    Wonderful poem of the great Longfellow(Report)Reply

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  • Mahtab BangaleeMahtab Bangalee (12/27/2019 12:32:00 AM)

    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! " .....//// beautiful loyal expression(Report)Reply

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  • Donald Trump (12/17/2018 12:05:00 PM)

    It was terrible.3 boos for him.(Report)Reply

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  • cooldoodman (12/17/2018 11:45:00 AM)

    YUNO HAS NO SIMILE.....................(Report)Reply

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  • precious chukwuemeka (12/10/2018 5:35:00 AM)

    superb(Report)Reply

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  • Shayna king (11/21/2018 3:05:00 PM)

    Wow that's so lovely(Report)Reply

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  • Shayna (11/21/2018 3:03:00 PM)

    Wow this poem is lovely(Report)Reply

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  • Ernesto (11/19/2018 8:28:00 AM)

    Seams like “Luceafarul“ by Mihai Eminescu(Report)Reply

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  • Steve goodham (1/1/2018 10:58:00 AM)

    I love this poem amazing and terrible I don’t like it, I love it(Report)Reply

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  • Emily (12/25/2017 6:22:00 AM)

    Very confusing like really .I do not like it.😨😨😨😨😨😨😨😨😨😨😨😨😨😨😨😨😨😨😨😰😰😰😰😰😰😰😰(Report)Reply

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  • Jamilya Altynbekova (12/25/2017 6:09:00 AM)

    It is so beautiful and dreamful(Report)Reply

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  • Anshu duhan (12/21/2017 8:34:00 AM)

    Hi it is not helpness for students because it is very confused me and do not agree kuta(Report)Reply

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  • Mcgeorge JeremiahMcgeorge Jeremiah (9/1/2017 12:26:00 PM)

    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!


    This is my favorite line. I am sooo fangirling right now(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, January 1, 2004

Poem Edited: Sunday, December 25, 2011


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