Christmas Bells Poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Christmas Bells

Rating: 3.2


'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! '

Christmas Bells
COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Mcgeorge Jeremiah 01 September 2017

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

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* Sunprincess * 25 December 2016

.....extraordinary with a beautiful rhythm ?

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Madhabi Banerjee 25 December 2016

mary christmas.a loving poem. my favourite

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Jamilya Altynbekova 25 December 2017

It is so beautiful and dreamful

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Emily 25 December 2017

Very confusing like really .I do not like it.??????????????????????????????????????????????????????

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Kingsley Egbukole 27 December 2019

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

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The Muse 27 December 2019

What a perfect poem for the season!

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Ankwasa Harlord 27 December 2019

Nice piece of work #keep it up Keep the candle burning

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Savita Tyagi 27 December 2019

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.

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Tamara Beryl Latham 27 December 2019

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

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