Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas, 2015

Christmas Bells
by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1864)


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 and 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!" 


Merry Christmas and peace on earth...from my family to yours!

Stacy and Brian