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.


Comments about I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

  • Mcgeorge Jeremiah (9/1/2017 12:20:00 PM)


    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.


    Amazing...
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  • Rajnish Manga (7/18/2017 9:22:00 PM)


    There is despair in the air but that is short-lived. Love, goodwill and peace will prevail. This is the message of Christmas.
    I heard the bells.... Of peace on earth, good will to men.
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  • (11/25/2016 4:28:00 PM)


    (I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.) **Poet is concerned for world conditions. One of my favorites for many years. It has been made into a carol. Seems magical during the Holidays, as, annually, I look forward to enjoying it. (Report) Reply

  • Tapan M. Saren (11/23/2016 9:35:00 AM)


    Very beautiful poem 'bout X-mas... (Report) Reply

  • Alem Hailu G/kristos (10/19/2016 8:39:00 AM)


    Very interesting thank you for sharing it (Report) Reply

  • Fabrizio Frosini (11/15/2015 10:19:00 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.'

    a great truth.. as history can prove it..
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  • (9/16/2015 6:35:00 PM)


    This poem/carol is so touching and brings thru the Christmas meaning so well (Report) Reply

  • (6/23/2015 10:36:00 AM)


    Bing Crosby sang this as a song. Beautiful poem! (Report) Reply

  • Pranab K Chakraborty (12/25/2014 10:52:00 PM)


    'God is not dead, nor doth He sleep;
    The wrong shall fail, the right prevail,
    With peace on earth, good will to men.'
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  • (12/25/2014 8:47:00 AM)


    The wrong shall fail, the right prevail with peace on earth good will to men how marvelous the words is beyond words and this poem is full of love and compassion to humans and it is a great Christmas poem that I read. and likes.The thing is not different though a long period is elapsed after this poem and we can hope peace. (Report) Reply

  • Rajnish Manga (12/25/2014 12:55:00 AM)


    These are the words which strengthen our resolve to defeat all evil forces on earth to make it a better place to live. (Report) Reply

  • Drkgbalakrishnan Kandangath (12/25/2013 8:14:00 PM)


    Enjoyed. His poems I like from childhood.
    dr.k.g.balakrishnan (Author- The Hues of the Himalaya(poems) -Amazon.in- Globally read.26-12-2013
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  • (12/25/2013 8:50:00 AM)


    I love this poem...I feel the Christmas spirit in this write...
    and it is also inspiring me to write a poem for the season...
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  • (12/25/2013 2:20:00 AM)


    this is great.frankly u inspired me today.im primitive in writing.i hope u can help me (Report) Reply

  • (6/4/2013 11:04:00 AM)


    The two civil war stanzas are missing. They should be included on a site such as this or perhaps both versions offered. (Report) Reply

  • Srimayee Ganguly (2/20/2013 1:33:00 AM)


    Feeling very Chrismasssy.......! (Report) Reply

  • Srimayee Ganguly (12/25/2012 2:32:00 AM)


    I wrote a poem on Christmas when i was in class V. Here's the poem:

    THE SAVIOUR
    Again the time of the year came,
    And everything is not the same,
    There is darkness everywhere,
    “I will win peace”, Jesus swear.

    In the stable on the hay
    Near Madonna, Lord Jesus lay,
    Greeting everyone the angel came,
    To receive the calling of the Lord came.

    The shepherds left their sheep,
    And gone to the city deep,
    And came to the spot and did peep,
    And saw the Lord asleep.

    He done what he wanted in Bethlehem.
    And was nailed by Satan’s followers, evil and cruel;
    Everyone unhappy and gloom,
    Jesus we all trust you.
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  • (12/23/2012 8:33:00 AM)


    This isn't actually his poem, these are the words to a hymn based on his poem. The actual poem is longer, and in a different order. It's about Christmas during the Civil War, and the actual poem mentions cannons (something that was edited out for the Christmas carol) . (Report) Reply

  • (2/1/2012 4:24:00 PM)


    This poem is so sad and yet perfectly true. It seems that Christmas, more than any other time of the year mocks one's pain for everyone is singing 'merry' while one only wants to cry in despair. This poem is about depression but also about a dream; a dream of peace on earth and goodwill to men. I hope that one day this dream willl finally come true. (Report) Reply

  • (2/1/2012 10:55:00 AM)


    Who hasn't gone through the holiday season with a heavy heart? Longfellow heard the bells in spite of the gloom he felt. He's not preaching religion, but sharing his conflicted experience. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, January 3, 2004



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