Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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

I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day

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.

I thought how, as the day had come,
The belfries of all Christendom
Had rolled along th'unbroken song
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.'

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.


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    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.' /// great writing; powerful Christmas poem penned(Report)Reply

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  • Anil Kumar PandaAnil Kumar Panda (12/26/2019 7:07:00 AM)

    A beautiful poem on Christmas.'The world revolved from night to day.' It is true. There is much merry making and fun in this time. Loved it.(Report)Reply

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  • Rajnish MangaRajnish Manga (12/26/2019 6:27:00 AM)

    'For hate is strong, and mocks the song
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  • Dominic Windram (12/26/2019 6:04:00 AM)

    Wonderful seasonal poem....utterly joyous!(Report)Reply

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    God is not dead, nor doth He sleep;
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  • Christmas lover (12/12/2018 6:59:00 AM)

    Like the poem:(Report)Reply

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    Not a good one.(Report)Reply

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  • Jeanette TelusmaJeanette Telusma (12/26/2017 8:30:00 AM)

    A well inscribed poem about Christmas.(Report)Reply

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    The message of Christmas comes out bold and clear. May the world enjoy a lasting peace and love.
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    Peace of earth, goodwill to men(Report)Reply

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  • Deepak Kumar Pattanayak (12/26/2017 12:56:00 AM)

    Recollected thus when the season of peace is best adapted to these preparations of Christmas Day............
    Outstanding piece by the outstanding poet........thanks for sharing(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, January 3, 2004



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