Christmas Bells Poem

Christmas Bells 

Author: Longfellow Henry Wadsworth

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!

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!”.

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