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Christmas Bells and Longfellow

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cffblog6.jpgDecember 4, 2017 (Monday)

Every year when Christmastime comes, and we sing carols in church, I always think of Eddie Bradley, song leader in our church for many years, and the hymn he led every year: "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day."

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote a poem entitled, "Christmas Bells," during the Civil War. The poem later became a Christmas Carol, "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day." Longfellow's heart was burdened by personal tragedy as well as national when he penned this poem. He had lost his wife in a tragic fire and a year later his son was severely wounded in the war. His longing for peace is set forth in the words of this song.


Here's the song as done by Andy Williams (2.48 minutes):


There is another popular tune for this hymn. Hear Bing Crosby present it (2.48 minutes):






For my readers who may prefer contemporary renderings of old hymns, here is a modern version of this wonderful old hymn: The artists are known as "Casting Crowns," a very famous group (4:42 minutes):




Merry Christmas!




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."


Click here to discover many more performances of this great song.

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